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 is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, 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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  • 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.

  • DonaldBurnett

    Everyone has there role. Great job girl but ranger she is not and should never be.

  • abndabe6

    Don't know about "operators" and all that stuff. It wasn't my job. Hunts ain't operators we are the Infantry we close with and kill other men....it's a brutal job. It is what it is. Woman can't do it. They will fail just as squat to piss weak men fail. I was a Platoon Sergeant for 4 platoons. Two in peace time, two in war. Don't care for the Officers, or new type lackey boy so call Sergeant Majors either. Nope lie to ourselves a lot these days don't we. The chick in the article is cute and I'm sure the boys would love to COP a feel or get into her pants. That would be cool in the rear with the queers ain't gonna be worth shit in the field. Good luck.

  • LanceHeckerman

    "Discussing women in such capacities makes me think about how race in the military was once a closely related issue/topic. Let’s not forget that not too long ago, race was the determining factor on what role an individual would serve in the military and we’ve thankfully gotten past that." Here is the difference:  Skin color has no impact on combat effectiveness: Gender does in general. I have rucked over 90 lbs of gear that included a PSC 3 satcom radio and thirty batteries through jungle, busting brush most of the way for days. I have the blown knees to prove it from years of abuse. This is what it takes. I have yet met the woman that can do this and know for a fact there are men that fail as well. The fact remains that you were needed on the mission to engage females. So when it came to selecting the candidates they chose the most fit and qualified. Great so far. But you are making a point to integrate women into combat arms and I am here to bust that theory right in the chops not because of gender alone, it is because of capacity to physically handle the job, mission after mission. I still remember when the army experimented with bringing "little people" into armored cav to operate tanks.  That lasted a few seconds just as this will to. CST yes, Combat arms No. Read my comment history for the well documented case about this folly. I am glad that you understand this as well based on your interview, you are coming in lima charlie. The army is well on it's way to fucking this all up with the upcoming "normalized" APFT. God help us all. Don't get me wrong, I feel there is a need for females when required by doctrine regarding engagement of indigenous females. That is a far cry from the physical demand of a fully qualified Infantryman, Ranger, SEAL, LRSD, or SOF operator as you have observed in the interview and of which I am in total agreement with. I would expect any specialized tech that would be brought on mission no matter their gender, would need to be an effective part of the team and not a distraction which would require the training you illustrated at a minimum.