Greetings Fellow Turdites,
I was pleasantly surprised by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta's decision to allow women in combat MOS's (Military Occupational Specialties). I wholeheartedly support this decision. Many women enlist in the military hoping to serve their country and I believe this is a step forward for them.
I enlisted in God's United States Army at the tender age of 19 in 1976. Now, don't get me wrong. I was not some GI Jane gung-ho type. I was more of a 'Private Benjamin' type cream puff that couldn't even remember my left from my right. In fact, my Drill Sergeant singled me out and gave me a rock to carry around in my fatigue's pocket so I would remember. And that helped me get through and complete basic training and go on to train in my selected MOS - 63Hotel - Automotive Repairman. I learned many invaluable life lessons that I still rely on to this day. I think ALL young folks should be required to serve in the military - in fact, I hope Secretary Panetta takes the next logical step and requires all women to register at the age of 18 for Selective Service - the same as our young men in this country are required to do.
To all the Sandra Fluke's of this country that insist the government provide them with free birth control, I say march your butt on down to your local recruiter's office - the military is happy to provide you with free birth control in return for your service.
To all the women that would sport bumper stickers that state "Women Lead The Way” on their SUV's, I say march your butt on down to your local recruiter's office - the military is always looking for leaders and ready to reward you (if serving your country is not reward enough).
Your thoughts are welcome!