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Love My Rifle More than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army Paperback – September 17, 2006
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Williams is a bit older than your typical enlistee, she's college-educated, and she's dated a Muslim man, so she provides a unique perspective on the Army and her deployment to Muslim Iraq. She's stationed for some time with 18-year-old infantry grunts, and while she has a much different (and understanding) attitude toward the locals, she understands how someone defending a position and getting attacked can do nothing but hate every Iraqi man, woman, and child as a potential insurgent.
Again and again, Williams questions the plan as a whole. Stop points and roadblocks are erected with no Arabic signage, Muslim women are afraid of strange men, and the last military in the country (Saddam's) consisted of ruthless killers, so how are local Iraqi villages supposed to understand what is going on at roadblocks? Then again, there have been plenty of female suicide bombers, so what are the soldiers supposed to expect? Williams has to use underground circuits to get her vegetarian kosher/halal meals, even though most soldiers hate them and abandon them with the trash, because she can't officially get religious meals due to a "personal dietary" (vegetarian) preference. In one heartbreaking scene, Williams interprets during the search of a Catholic monastery. Her superiors are hot-headed, interrupting service, destroying property, and ignoring the priest who reaches out to them as a brother. Later, she gets someone to do a good turn for the monastery, which leaves the reader with some hope.Read more ›
I was able to read the book very quickly because the style of writing is uncomplicated and blunt. I imagine it goes along with the character of the author. I have a lot in common with Ms. Williams, and I can believe her experiences and the situations she found herself in. I also know that I have never had many of the same experiences because I chose to follow another military path. Being an older and educated woman when I joined the military I quickly chose to become an officer, and therefore have taken my know-it-all attitude and applied it to making life better for my Soldiers. If Ms. Williams felt that she could do so much of a better job than everyone else around her, then she should have stepped up to the challenge rather than criticizing those who were trying to do the right thing. It did help me understand what some of my own female enlisted Soldiers might be going through. Ms. Williams' book does cast a negative shadow on what women are trying to achieve in today's military; however, I cannot fault Ms. Williams for writing her personal experience.
More women should take the time to write their experiences for the rest of the world to understand. If the world heard from more women there would be a broader selection of experiences to gleam ones opinions from. I applaud Ms. Williams for taking the time to share her story. Being a woman in the military can be a very trying ordeal, but as the majority of us feel - it is who we are and nothing else can satisfy our own desire for the adventure and challenge of being a part of something so much bigger than ourselves.
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This is an excellent highly literate memoir by a young who was out at the pointed end of the spear. As we as a nation are looking to integrate women into all combat arms Military... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joseph T. Galietto
"Young and Female in the US Army" accurately describes Kalya William's 2003-2004 tour in Iraq with the 101st Division (Airborne). Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brien Hallett
I was in the Army during the Vietnam War period. This is one of very few books about women in the military that sounds & feels real to me. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Interesting personal story of military Iraq experience as a female soldier serving time in a male dominated army. Read morePublished 12 months ago by JRolin
This is a great book. I highly recommend all young women to read it. Great insight to a womans life in the military.Published 12 months ago by Nina McClain
This is the first Iraq memoir I read after I returned from Iraq. We were deployed at the same time (2003-2004), although in different locations and roles. Read morePublished 13 months ago by John Ready
Of all of the books I’ve read as research into women in the military, this is the most raw, grittiest yet. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marianne Sciucco
I love this. Being a female in the army myself. It hits close to home. Sad to say things haven't really changed from 2003 to 2014 but it's slowly getting better.Published 17 months ago by KG0713