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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | December 1, 1996
ASHKELON, Israel -- The Israeli soldiers at the firing range of Training Camp 4 waited for a woman in green army fatigues to rap them on the back. When she did, Cpl. Efrat Sarfaty also barked an order.An anxious recruit responded by jamming an ammunition magazine into his rifle, swinging into position and firing -- as if at a terrorist. When he hesitated an instant too long, Sarfaty shouted: "Go on! Go on!""They are afraid of me," the 20-year-old said matter-of-factly, her eyes scanning the line of soldiers.
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By SUSAN REIMER | April 1, 2003
THE NEWS LAST week included video of a young American mother held as a prisoner of war, pictures of a woman soldier, barely more than a girl, missing in action, and word that the Air Force Academy, guilty of ignoring the rape of dozens of female cadets, had been forced to clean house. Women may have come a long way in the military - they have been permitted on combat aircraft and combat vessels since 1994 - but these headlines make it clear that women have not yet arrived. Our country, and its military, still doesn't know what to make of women soldiers.
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By SUSAN REIMER | April 1, 2003
THE NEWS LAST week included video of a young American mother held as a prisoner of war, pictures of a woman soldier, barely more than a girl, missing in action, and word that the Air Force Academy, guilty of ignoring the rape of dozens of female cadets, had been forced to clean house. Women may have come a long way in the military - they have been permitted on combat aircraft and combat vessels since 1994 - but these headlines make it clear that women have not yet arrived. Our country, and its military, still doesn't know what to make of women soldiers.
NEWS
March 23, 1997
BLACK MAN, white woman. That combination has not become so common in America that it no longer raises an eyebrow. The history of such relationships within the life span of most adults include stories of exploitation, false accusation, recrimination and, sometimes, death. For that reason, fears that race played a role in charges by white female soldiers at Aberdeen Proving Ground that black drill instructors took sexual advantage of them cannot be ignored.Army investigators are correct in maintaining their primary mission is to determine whether sergeants facing courts-martial (a captain has pleaded guilty)
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By Andrea Marsh GULF NOTEBOOK | February 14, 1991
Look for Homefront Journal -- a collection of information, local events and Marylanders' efforts around the Persian Gulf war -- daily in the Today section.Gifts for womenWhat do women soldiers want?That's what the Cockeysville-Timonium chapter of the Lioness Club is trying to find out. They're writing to Maryland women stationed in the Persian Gulf and asking what they want or need -- perhaps their favorite shampoo or cosmetics, a novel, book of crossword puzzles or some favorite thing from home.
NEWS
March 23, 1997
BLACK MAN, white woman. That combination has not become so common in America that it no longer raises an eyebrow. The history of such relationships within the life span of most adults include stories of exploitation, false accusation, recrimination and, sometimes, death. For that reason, fears that race played a role in charges by white female soldiers at Aberdeen Proving Ground that black drill instructors took sexual advantage of them cannot be ignored.Army investigators are correct in maintaining their primary mission is to determine whether sergeants facing courts-martial (a captain has pleaded guilty)
NEWS
November 16, 1996
DRILL INSTRUCTORS are not supposed to be anybody's best friend as they perform the essential work of turning raw recruits into hardened soldiers. So when a call goes out for women soldiers to report any sexual harassment they may have encountered during training, there is always a risk that some will take the opportunity to get back at an authority figure whose job is to be loathed by his underlings.And yet the abuse of authority, especially abuse that entails rape and other forcible sexual activity, is such a serious breach of professionalism that no fighting force can ignore it without paying a price in low morale, poor performance and, ultimately, damage to the overall effectiveness of the force.
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By Anna Quindlen | February 5, 1991
THE MORNING shows, the late-night shows, the radio call-in shows -- all of them were out rounding up women, as though they were casting one of those distaff buddy movies Hollywood was fond of for a moment.Women officials. Women professors. Women soldiers. A womanhad reportedly been taken prisoner in the Persian Gulf. Biology, if not destiny, was at least newsworthy.Stop the presses: Women really are at war. It's a little like the talking dog; no one seems to care how well she does it, only that she does it at all.There are 27,000 women just doing their jobs in the gulf; we should know this by now because they have been photographed and interviewed out of all proportion to their numbers.
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By ELLEN GOODMAN | April 23, 1991
In the aftermath of Desert Storm, it's all begun to seem like a mirage. Women ''manning'' Patriot missile launchers? A ponytail sticking out of the cap of a helicopter pilot? A woman shot down in her plane and captured? Is that sand in my eyes?Americans had believed there was a law against women in combat. Indeed, the most compelling argument against the Equal Rights Amendment all those years ago was that women might face combat. What happened? We got the combat without the ERA.The war against Iraq will be remembered as the time when military myths met reality, when women soldiers came into their own. And now in the postwar days, many of these soldiers are hoping that memory won't fade as quickly as yellow ribbons.
NEWS
December 6, 1996
Women soldiers in combat roles dangerous trendThe suggestion of retired Army Maj. Lillian Pfluke that the military's sexual harassment problems might be solved by making women eligible for combat positions reminds me of the )) old saying that ''cancer cures smoking.''Anyone found guilty in this investigation should be severely punished, but the move toward women in combat is a dangerous and ill-advised one that must be reversed now.We can no longer deny the obvious. The movie ''Private Benjamin'' was grounded more in reality than is today's military.
NEWS
December 6, 1996
Women soldiers in combat roles dangerous trendThe suggestion of retired Army Maj. Lillian Pfluke that the military's sexual harassment problems might be solved by making women eligible for combat positions reminds me of the )) old saying that ''cancer cures smoking.''Anyone found guilty in this investigation should be severely punished, but the move toward women in combat is a dangerous and ill-advised one that must be reversed now.We can no longer deny the obvious. The movie ''Private Benjamin'' was grounded more in reality than is today's military.
NEWS
By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | December 1, 1996
ASHKELON, Israel -- The Israeli soldiers at the firing range of Training Camp 4 waited for a woman in green army fatigues to rap them on the back. When she did, Cpl. Efrat Sarfaty also barked an order.An anxious recruit responded by jamming an ammunition magazine into his rifle, swinging into position and firing -- as if at a terrorist. When he hesitated an instant too long, Sarfaty shouted: "Go on! Go on!""They are afraid of me," the 20-year-old said matter-of-factly, her eyes scanning the line of soldiers.
NEWS
November 16, 1996
DRILL INSTRUCTORS are not supposed to be anybody's best friend as they perform the essential work of turning raw recruits into hardened soldiers. So when a call goes out for women soldiers to report any sexual harassment they may have encountered during training, there is always a risk that some will take the opportunity to get back at an authority figure whose job is to be loathed by his underlings.And yet the abuse of authority, especially abuse that entails rape and other forcible sexual activity, is such a serious breach of professionalism that no fighting force can ignore it without paying a price in low morale, poor performance and, ultimately, damage to the overall effectiveness of the force.
NEWS
By ELLEN GOODMAN | April 23, 1991
In the aftermath of Desert Storm, it's all begun to seem like a mirage. Women ''manning'' Patriot missile launchers? A ponytail sticking out of the cap of a helicopter pilot? A woman shot down in her plane and captured? Is that sand in my eyes?Americans had believed there was a law against women in combat. Indeed, the most compelling argument against the Equal Rights Amendment all those years ago was that women might face combat. What happened? We got the combat without the ERA.The war against Iraq will be remembered as the time when military myths met reality, when women soldiers came into their own. And now in the postwar days, many of these soldiers are hoping that memory won't fade as quickly as yellow ribbons.
FEATURES
By Andrea Marsh GULF NOTEBOOK | February 14, 1991
Look for Homefront Journal -- a collection of information, local events and Marylanders' efforts around the Persian Gulf war -- daily in the Today section.Gifts for womenWhat do women soldiers want?That's what the Cockeysville-Timonium chapter of the Lioness Club is trying to find out. They're writing to Maryland women stationed in the Persian Gulf and asking what they want or need -- perhaps their favorite shampoo or cosmetics, a novel, book of crossword puzzles or some favorite thing from home.
NEWS
By Anna Quindlen | February 5, 1991
THE MORNING shows, the late-night shows, the radio call-in shows -- all of them were out rounding up women, as though they were casting one of those distaff buddy movies Hollywood was fond of for a moment.Women officials. Women professors. Women soldiers. A womanhad reportedly been taken prisoner in the Persian Gulf. Biology, if not destiny, was at least newsworthy.Stop the presses: Women really are at war. It's a little like the talking dog; no one seems to care how well she does it, only that she does it at all.There are 27,000 women just doing their jobs in the gulf; we should know this by now because they have been photographed and interviewed out of all proportion to their numbers.
NEWS
By Lynda Robinson | September 30, 1991
Each time Lauren Cook Burgess dresses in a Confederate soldier's uniform, she takes the same pains to hide her sex as the 400 or more women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War.She binds her breasts, wears her hair short, pulls her cap down low over her face and speaks in a husky voice.But Ms. Burgess made one mistake when she showed up with her musket and fife for a living history program at Antietam National Battlefield in 1989. She went to the ladies room.When she came out, she found herself at war with the U.S. Park Service instead of the Union Army.
NEWS
November 23, 1990
If women are allowed to drive automobiles, what won't they demand to do next?The civil disobedience of some 70 Saudi women driving their own cars in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia, was not inspired by the women soldiers of the United States driving huge trucks across the sand. Nor even by the Kuwaiti women refugees who are accustomed to drive.No, these reluctant rebels, possessed of foreign driving experience, were motivated by the concern that their foreign male chauffeurs might be called to military service or driven from the country, leaving themselves and their children housebound.
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