Pesky thing, that war stuff. If the enemy is not shooting at you, they try to blow shit up with you in close proximity. War is hell, and pretty dangerous to boot but we try to equip our soldiers with the best and latest in an effort to keep them safe. And the heavy weight of that protection is their Kevlar helmet, of course, it only protects you if you wear it.
In an effort to get closer to the local population, American female soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are being encouraged to wear a Muslim headscarf when interacting with civilians. But some question whether the practice constitutes cultural sensitivity or a form of appeasement that is degrading to U.S. soldiers.
Major Kyndra Rotunda, executive director of the Military Law and Policy Institute and AMVETS Legal Clinic at Chapman University, told The Daily Caller that while the women are not being ordered to wear the head scarf, encouragement is tantamount to a demand.
I remember Kyndra Rotunda from her stints on the Dennis Miller radio show where she talked about what really happens at Gitmo, she is as sharp as they come.
I think her parsing of request/order is an important one. It is clearly understood in the military that when you come across the word “should” in any field manual, interpret that word as “shall”. Any career soldier depends on positive yearly service reports to move them up the chain and on these reports an evaluation of things like attitude, willing to be a team player, and group cohesion are prominent. Rocking the boat by not going along is pretty much a death knell for career advancement.
Does anybody think this is a good idea? Aside from the clear issue of safety (notice in the photo provided that the male soldier was wearing his helmet) is this “gesture” really going to endear themselves to a community where their very presence in a military uniform, tooting guns, driving cars, giving orders, not lowering their eyes when a man is present is a continual insult?
Retired Col. Martha McSally, whose grievance about being forced to wear the Muslim abaya while stationed in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s resulted in 2002 legislation outlawing the practice of making female soldiers wear Muslim religious garb in Saudi Arabia, told The Daily Caller that the sanctity of the uniform should not be sullied with outside accessories like the hijab.
Agreed. If you are going to go all wobbly why not just take away their guns and dress them up in one of those black sheets with two slits cut out for the eyes. This seems pretty lame to me, sexist, and dangerous for our troops.