As a Woman Serving Alongside Green Berets, I Had No Problem Keeping Up. It Wasn’t Enough.
February 5, 2019: In a recent NY Times story, Former Army Captain Jackie Munn describes her varying experiences working with two teams of Green Berets in Afghanistan and the implications for women's success in combat units. She writes, "As a woman who had worked in Afghanistan alongside two teams of Green Berets — one open-minded and mission-oriented, the other prone to sexism and insularity — my success had been dependent on whether I was supported and respected by my male colleagues."
"My team’s experience taught me that the ultimate obstacle for women in combat roles is not what weapons they must carry or the terrain they must traverse. Women have shown that they can meet what the standards demand. For them to succeed in Special Forces, they will need to be mentally, physically and emotionally capable. And so will the men they work alongside."
Read the full story: As a Woman Serving Alongside Green Berets, I Had No Problem Keeping Up. It Wasn’t Enough. (nytimes.com)
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