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June 18, 2012

A Female CST and Special Forces Enabler Speaks Out

First could you explain some of your background to us. Years in service, rank, MOS, deployment locations, units deployed with, other pertinent details…

I spent 12-years in the Army Reserves (1982-1994), took a 14-year break, and joined the National Guard in 2008. While in the Reserves, I served basically as a generator repair tech, and when I joined the Guard, I reclassed as an MP with a focus on combat operations (no L&O beyond MP school). My civilian profession was in law wherein I worked as a Paralegal. After approximately 12-years as a Paralegal, I went back to school to complete my BS program and received my degree in Criminal Justice. Following the completion of my BS program, I spent nearly a year on the South West Border Mission through the Joint Narco-Terrorism Task Force. Additionally, I possess a minor in legal studies and a BS in criminal justice.

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About the Author

is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Having left the military in 2010, he graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, Direct Action, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.

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  • HonestBroker247

    Not one comment about being a "pipe layer"? .... Curious... In any event, great perspective.  I fully agree with the fine lady (I didn't see her name given) when she says - "As far as allowing women into the infantry, Rangers or SF, I have mixed opinions on this one. I believe if women can do the job just as well as men, then why not?" - though I believe it comes down to a numbers game and the amount of females that would, realistically, be able, or even have a desire, to meet the standard and participate.

  • tmullett

    What does CST stand for?

  • Supreme Shadow

    Wow, I agree with almost everything she said! Good quality interview!

  • 1SG_LEO_200

    Wow this girl is one bad ass! I'd like to meet her and have a drink with her just like I would with any soldier with an impressive record! Seriously if she can rock it out in the groups on an ODA I can see female infantrymen easy (and yes infantrymen because woMEN has men in it). I can't speak specifically on Ranger and SF qualification but I know some girls that are tougher than allot of guys.

  • Beendaredondat

    Cannon fodder knows no gender it all blows apart the same way the difference is in the gut pile.