In a recent post, we shared with you the move of the Navy to lift the ban on women serving on submarines, the only vessel that has yet to see females serving on it. There were various reactions to the post, some of them agreeing with the move, others not exactly in favor of it.
A news writer for AOL news, Andrea Stone, shares her views on women in the military in light of the Navy’s apparent “change of heart” – based on years spent reporting on the U.S. military.
News of the Navy’s position made her think of a meatball sub – the meal she had while on board the USS Miami, a Los Angeles Class submarine. She would later write, she says, as follows: “”Fifty-eight steps. That’s the distance from one end of this attack submarine’s living space to the other, and the 133 men who serve on it go back and forth about whether there is room aboard for women.”
Looking at it from this perspective, it would certainly seem that having a woman serving on board a sub would be out of the question. But history has been filled with seeming impossibilities – based on race in the case of African- Americans, and gender – that have been overcome, not just in the military but in America in general.
There was a time when only the men set out to war and became heroes; now, there are women who have been awarded Silver Stars for valor in Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than a hundred of them have made that ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.
Stone ends her article with the following statement: “perhaps the most remarkable thing about women serving in the military is that it is not so remarkable anymore.”
Maybe time will come when a real G.I. Jane will be more than just a movie.