The skills obtained from just a few short months at basic military training in any branch of service is astonishing. One that you will immediately notice is how quickly you learn how to take a shower. Daily hygiene is required when attending any military training program. The military is a cross section of society of people from all over the nation, different socioeconomic groups, different ages and races. Many have different customs, traditions, and habits when it comes to cleanliness. One thing is for certain, the military takes this diverse group and turns them into a unit of military members with new but the same habits, discipline, and common challenges that unite the group into a team.
Women Will Now Have to Shower with Men, Says U.S. Army
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I spent 10 years in the Army, first in the Reserves and then on active duty, but much of my experience is neatly encapsulated by one incident, early in my first overseas tour during the initial invasion of Iraq in , when I almost took an unauthorized shower. I entered the shower area, claimed one of its separate wooden stalls and drew the curtain closed. A sense of dread rushed over my body. I was the only female soldier in the showers, which meant I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I panicked. Then I remembered a short briefing my commanding officer and sergeant had given that morning, the one that I had thought was about mail times. In fact, I now realized, it had been about male times — specifically, what hours were designated for the men of my unit to have the showers to themselves.
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Across the armed services, women made up 16 percent of the active-duty military as of — by branch, that number ranged from 8. Their representation is small and growing only marginally — in , women in uniform made up Despite being overlooked, servicewomen are forging new career paths for themselves and the next generation as they enter jobs that were once closed to them. Consider pioneers like Capt. Rosemary Mariner , who was one of the first female Navy pilots in the s and the first woman to lead a naval aviation squadron.
A last-minute decision in the final days of the Obama administration, the issue of allowing transgender troops to serve openly -even going so far as to offer to pay for gender-reassignment surgery- has been a controversial one, with former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter setting a July 1 deadline for this year, a deadline that has only been recently pushed back six months by current SECDEF James Mattis. The Pentagon is rather tight-lipped about the policy shift, though new training documents designed to acclimate US troops to transgender servicemembers have already been implemented in the force. In plain English: If a male decides he is a female and has the paperwork to back him up, he now takes a female PT test, showers in the female showers and sleeps in the female barracks, and vice-versa. The change also extends to drug screening, where male and female troops will now have to observe a transgender individual when they take a urinalysis test, regardless of whether or not they have had gender-reassignment surgery. The changes are sure to spark additional criticism to an armed force that is seemingly rife with grumblings from the ranks about the transition, which many see as a civilian-centric social experiment in an occupation that should be predominantly focused on fighting -and winning- wars. All rights reserved. The content of this webpage may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written consent of Bright Mountain Media, Inc. Skip to content. The training was part of a three day field training exercise that was meant to help the shower, laundry and clothing specialists fine tune their specific skill sets and practice their warrior tasks and drills.