Women in the Military

I had the honor of attending Officer Candidate School with Vernice Armour. Vernice is a former United States Marine Corps officer who was the first African-American female naval aviator in the Marine Corps and the first African American female combat pilot in the U.S. Armed Forces. She flew the AH-1W SuperCobraattack helicopter in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and eventually served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Parents, families, and friends see more and more of their female loved ones join the armed forces. And with this comes uncertainty to their future, both in the military and as they reenter the civilian workplace. This article will outline the accomplishments of our current female military population, as well as the leadership traits woman bring to the battlefield and boardroom.

Armour. Vernice, USMC

Training side-by-side, not only Vernice but an entire company of woman Marines provided incredible insight into the talent of planning and implementing a combat readiness strategy. I believe that female warfighters have a unique skill of looking at the battlefield from a ‘God’s view,’ enabling them to assess the terrain quickly.

Conversely, males tend to lead from a landscape perspective focusing on immediate call-to-action maneuvers. However, it can lead to misalignment of resources and underestimating a strategic advantage. Both leadership styles are of value in the planning, and implementation stages o achieve the victory.

The number of women in the armed services — and subsequent veteran population — is rapidly increasing. According to the Defense Department, women now make up 20 percent of the Air Force, 19 percent of the Navy, 15 percent of the Army and almost 9 percent of the Marine Corps.

Woman in the military is not new. A 1948 law made women a permanent part of the military services. In 1976, the first group of women were admitted into a U.S. military academy. Approximately 16% of the 2013 West Point class consisted of women. In the 1918 Finnish Civil War, more than 2,000 women fought in the Women’s Red Guards.

On a personal note, the possibility of one of your daughters running for a political office post-military has never been more of a reality. The need for female leadership in our Congress is desperately needed. The 116th Congress includes 96 total veterans. Seven of them are women.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D – Hawaii)

An article written by Medium.com, 5 reasons why having women in leadership benefits your entire company provides insight into five leadership traits women bring to the corporate and political landscape. Fortunately, military training cultivates, not only these five, but other leadership skills that will ensure your daughters a place at the corporate table post-military.

  • More women = better problem-solving
  • Female leaders are trusted
  • Women leaders are more collaborative
  • Women make terrific mentors
  • Millennial women are more educated than men
Image adapted from The Boarlist, 2016

Meet a hard-charging Sailor

Lauren Katzenberg of the New York Times Magazine asked servicewomen and veterans to send stories that defined their experiences in the military. They received over 650 submissions from the woman in the military including Chief Petty Officer Stella Sierra-Chierici.

Chief Petty Officer Stella Sierra-Chierici, Navy, 1999-Present

“I am a jet engine mechanic on the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Not many women or men will ever get the opportunity to do what I do. It’s been tough at times throughout my career to have men tell me they will not work for me because I’m a woman. I say to them: “That’s O.K. You don’t have to follow me, but I will bring you along.”

Chief Petty Officer Stella Sierra-Chierici, Navy, 1999-Present

Send us your stories of daughters, wives, sisters, and granddaughters who have chosen to serve our great country. With your permission, we will follow their progress and continue to report on their success.

Submit to: support@recruitgruation.blog

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