Center face.

By Major General Mari Eder November 12, 2105 Veteran’s Day. You don’t have to ask anyone who has served in the U.S. military what that means. They all know.  Each and every one in a very personal way. Friends made, kept, lost.  Colleagues and commanders.  The drill sergeant no one could forget.  Places visited, tours, deployments.  German beer and kimchi.  Field rations, the smell of oily rags used to clean weapons, frosty breath on a crisp early-morning run before daylight.   A crowded C-130 packed with troops.   The crack of small arms fire, the whoosh of mortars, the power of artillery.  … Continue reading Center face.

Military Brat to Resilient Leader – My Road to Self-Empowerment

By Joylin Kirk November 12, 2015 I am fortunate to do something I love for a career. I am the senior director of mission services for Goodwill Industries International. Goodwill® is comprised of 165 community-based member organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that help fund skills development, job training programs, employment placement services and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,000 stores. Joylin speaking at a Goodwill Conference, Photo Credit: Goodwill Industries International Goodwill meets the needs of … Continue reading Military Brat to Resilient Leader – My Road to Self-Empowerment

The Dangerous Non-Evolution of the Military (Gender Integration)

November 1st, 2015 by LtCol Kate Germano and LtCol Jeannette Haynie Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post, once said, “What’s dangerous is not to evolve.” The Department of Defense should remember that the concept of “evolve or die” applies to the Services even more than it does to entrepreneurs, since the stakes are higher. The heavy use of “dog whistle” politics in a recent Small Wars Journal op-ed by someone identified only as “Anonymous” highlights how severely current senior leaders miss this critical point. The Services, especially the Marine Corps, need to recognize ending gender … Continue reading The Dangerous Non-Evolution of the Military (Gender Integration)

Women in Combat Arms: Brass Tacks on Physicality

Originally published on War on the Rocks, March 17th, 2015 by Katey van Dam Let’s get to the sticking point of the gender integration issue — physical capability. There are countless discussions and online comment threads that are part of the general consternation over whether women are physically capable of succeeding in combat arms. Many critics argue that women will not succeed in combat arms because none of the 26 lieutenants who have volunteered for the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course (IOC) have passed — yet. Stating a feat is impossible because it has yet to be accomplished is the … Continue reading Women in Combat Arms: Brass Tacks on Physicality

Exclusive Access to Marine Corps Study Shows it Missees the Mark

OCTOBER 14, 2015 By Ellen Haring and Megan MacKenzie* Originally published at meganhmackenzie.com In August, the Marine Corps completed a two and a half year, $36 million dollar series of studies that examined the possible impacts of integrating women into combat occupations. On 10 September, they issued a four-page, unsigned, undated, summary of their research findings that concluded that women degrade combat effectiveness, contribute to increased injury rates and may negatively impact recruiting and retention. After gaining unprecedented access to over 380 pages of this research, we found that the primary study was inherently flawed and that the limited information the … Continue reading Exclusive Access to Marine Corps Study Shows it Missees the Mark

American Women and the Selective Service: It’s Time.

by Shelly Goode-Burgoyne Originally published at Havock Journal December 20, 2014 “The soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” ~ General George Patton A few months ago Norway quietly became the first Western nation to require women (over half of their population) to participate in mandatory military service. The bill passed with a 96% majority in Oslo; the seat of Norwegian Parliament. The law will require all medically qualified Norwegian women aged between 19 and 44 years to complete at least 19 months of military … Continue reading American Women and the Selective Service: It’s Time.

Guts, God and Mystery: how the women and combat debate is all about emotion

MEGAN MACKENZIE Originally published on Minerva on 9/11/15 War on the Rocks published an exceptionally written piece by Lieutenant General (ret.) Gregory Newbold called “What Tempers the Steel of an Infantry Unit” that has gone viral. Here, Newbold eloquently draws out an argument that has tended to only be implied- or lurking behind much of the debate on women in combat for decades. The argument is simple: infantry units require a special, indescribable bond and dynamic that women spoil. Certainly this argument is not unique, but the beauty of Newbold’s piece that he boldly puts the emotional arguments- rather than … Continue reading Guts, God and Mystery: how the women and combat debate is all about emotion