Women in the U.S. Marine Corps Recalling Military Career: Repeated Discrimination in the Army

 Women in the U.S. Marine Corps Recalling Military Career: Repeated Discrimination in the Army

Reference News Network reported on April 16 that Jackie Huber was one of the few women in the U.S. Marine Corps, but she never felt particularly proud of it, according to a report on the website of Freelance Writing Star on April 14.

She served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years from 1984 to 2004 and rose to the rank of lieutenant. She worked in the Human Information Systems Support Office (MISSO), which imports military data from military installations on the East and West Coasts of the United States. She also volunteered to take part in Operation Restore Hope, to do the same work in Somalia, and to live in sand-bagged camps filled with mud and death.

Huber said that during most of her service, it was not cool to be a Marine. At that time, women were not respected for their service. Huber said some men who had worked with her made it clear that they thought women were more troublesome than they were worth.

We are treated as second-class citizens, with few rights and fewer people supporting us, which is why I dont want anyone to know what Ive done, Huber said. I dont want to be treated like that again.

Huber, who now lives in Stafford County, is happy that things have changed. She believed that some of the injustices she had experienced no longer existed in the Marine Corps.

So while accepting her retired Marine status, the 53-year-old veteran is doing everything she can to help other soldiers. Sometimes it feels bad, but the pride of being a Marine is something you win, something that no one else can take away, she said.

The Marine Corps has the lowest proportion of women in all U.S. services. The U.S. Department of Defense says about 8 percent of Marines and officers are women -- at least twice as many as other services.

Carrie Lynch, who is also in Stafford, is Hubers best friend and has served in the Marine Corps for 20 years. They talked about their experiences. Lynch joined the Marine Corps in the footsteps of her father. She said that although her military career was not always so good, it was still the best thing Ive ever experienced.

Lynch is seven years younger than Huber, and she believes the age gap is the cause of the huge difference.

Lynch said, I dont want to say that they were ignored, but when she joined the army, women didnt dare to speak out so much. By contrast, she said, women of her time had no difficulty pointing out problems and expecting solutions.

Lynch also said that many people would feel that to be a real Marine, you have to go to the battlefield to fight. Lynch believes that her friends are finally beginning to realize that everyone is making their own contributions, whether or not on the battlefield. Sometimes she doesnt fully realize her contribution, but shes been on the battlefield, into the trench, and shes a great woman.

Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Wang Xu_NBJS8023