The writing in this book is fairly pedestrian and, sometimes, just not very good. But the author took on a difficult task and deserves credit for getting military veterans to speak about their experiences.
The best parts are when the women featured speak in their own words. It is unquestionably tougher for a women in any male dominated arena, much less the military. So I do admire these women for succeeding in situations that would be difficult for anyone, without the added challenge of having to push against the male ego.
Few of them dwell on their gender, however, and only want to be thought of as part of the team.
It is also interesting to hear their perpsectives on our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obviously, most of them believe they are serving a greater good, but even some of those women acknowledge the burden they carry from taking lives, no matter the purpose. The book is a sobering reminder of the cost women, and men, carry even after they return home.
This collection of personal stories about women who served in Iraq as part of the US military is an eye-opener for people who don't already know that women are serving in combat (not sure who that would be). These women deal with everything their male counterparts do and then have to deal with being one of the few women in their unit. None of these women discussed any harassment or negative attitudes (except one pilot who carefully talked about her former squadron not being very welcoming), but as an Air Force veteran myself, I'm sure they had to deal with it. Thing is, it is just like women at home or work--we suck it up and get on with things. We do our job, and then some.
Read this book to get some insight on women serving in Iraq, their lives before war, and after they return to the states. No matter where they served in Iraq or what their job was, they also put their lives on the line, because unless you are sitting back in the states pushing paper, you are in harm's way. I admire these women as soldiers and pilots and weapons experts, seamen, airmen, and Marines. No need to put "female" in front of their jobs--I admire all the folks that serve in the armed forces.
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