Semper Fi Femmes!
Great Satan's Marine Corps is the most - uh - manly - of all Great Satan's regime changers. Over 200K leathernecks with a tiny tiny contingent of roughly 6% being grrls.
Contributing a small - yet awesome - contribution to winning the AFPAK wars - these Teufel Hundenettes are out in the villages, winning friends, influencing people and doing the Mad Dog Maxim that insurgency fence sitters can have no better friend - or worse nightmare - than Marines.
Nom d'guerre'd "Female Engagement Teams" they send a conflict free signal
“Your men come to fight, but we know the women are here to help.”
Doing their gig in the newly liberated Taliban stronghold near Patrol Base Jaker in the Nawa district of Helmand, former cheerleaders, coeds and retail managers are out on the town discreetly gathering intell and
"...information on women's health issues and get clearance from Afghan elders to build a center where women can meet without male chaperones. The hope is that an initial peace offering of medical care could translate into an alliance."
They go house to house chatting up the ladies as there are not so many Afghan girls walking about without a posse of male relative chaperones:
"...Ironically, the female Marines have a similar problem: As an attachment unit, they can't leave the base for their engagement expeditions unless they are with at least six male Marines.
"...On foot patrols through the bazaar, they encounter another threat: Afghan men. Wearing traditional salwar kameez outfits and embroidered prayer caps, the men encircle the four American women one afternoon when I'm with them, aggressively asking questions like, "Are you married? Do your husbands know you're out?" The men freely grab at their bodies
Corporal Heather Sample tolerates it - to an extent:
"The double standard is annoying. In America, I'd defend myself, but here I can't act on how I feel. I didn't expect to be so soft on them."
Includes a great story of making initial contacts complete with a tribal issued boy as 'terp (the tribal leader didn't want the normal Afghani 'terp) that ad libs and free styles more than needed (little brothers are the same everywhere - nicht war?)
One thing's for sure: The female-engagement teams are redefining war—transforming women into pivotal influencers on the front lines.
Pic - " "These women need our help. And we aren't going to help them sitting behind a desk on some military base."
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Semper Fi Femmes!