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This Woman's Army: The Dynamics of Sex and Violence in the Military Paperback – November, 1999
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About the Author
The author served as a chaplain to three male combat battalions and to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment when it stood up as a rapid deployment force in 1993. She has appeared on CNN, the Joan River's Radio Show, and many national radio discussions about gender issues in the military.
Her articles have appeared in Texas and national newspapers. She debated her most recent co-authored work, Women in Combat at American University with air force colonel, Lorry Fenner. CSPAN aired this debate in October, 2001.
This Woman's Army provides an account of numerous professional clinical experiences that will provide insight into the string of sexual harassment and family murder cases that continue to plague the United States Army.
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First, let all young people who are being aggressively recruited for the military know that this account is a first-hand historical account of events that happened, for which there are documents that are testaments to the mistreatment that many men and women experienced at the hands of men and women in uniform -- because of their race, their gender, their religion.
Second, if you read all of the book, you will find that I recount solid military training, solid military prevention strategies, and solid men AND women who rose to the occasion to hold men AND women accountable to the highest levels of performance and personal conduct. At the same time, I recounted many episodes where men and women, and sadly, Army Chaplains, who chose to violate the standards of fairness and integrity that are part of the professional code.
Third, most of the issues I raised in this book have been borne out since Operation Iraqi Freedom commenced:
--- The Army could not do the combat service support mission with the large number of 'nondeployable soldiers' that the Army is paying, and so, contracted out fifty thousand positions in Iraq that should be filled by soldiers.
---Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo are both testaments to Army leadership's failure to stop religious harassment and degrading sexual behaviors between soldiers when in life and death deployments.
Where were the chaplains at Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo? I suggest that if, for the last fifteen years, chaplains had not been allowed to spread terrible religious prejudice and intolerance for any person who do not adhere to right-wing fundamentalist beliefs, soldiers AND chaplains would have had the courage to speak out and to stop the bad acts at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib before they spun out of control.
Finally, to any soldier, DOD civilian or contractor who is aware of bad actors and acts that are immoral, unethical or illegal but is afraid to speak out: I invite you to read my book. It contains many stories about my own experiences and the experiences of hundreds of soldiers who did the right thing in real time when confronted with harassment, fraud, or other immoral acts. To speak the truth about bad actors is not vindictiveness. This is what is required of every soldier, every civilian who serves our government. If you are interested in the public policy analysis that I wrote about all of these issues, I suggest that you read my second co-authored book, "Women in Combat: civic duty or military liability?" Sincerely, Rev. Marie E. deYoung
DeYoung leaves the impression that every pregnant female soldier got that way because she is trying to get out of deployments. She also implies that mixing female soldiers with their male counterparts inevitably leads to the lowering of standards and combat effectiveness. If this is the case then females shouldn't be in the Army. Male soldiers are not held accountable for their actions.
As a chaplain DeYoung is critical of the chaplaincy corp's inability to address the sexism, racism and denominational prejudices that it harbors in its midst. Once again, DeYoung comes across as one who is vindictive against her fellow chaplains and doesn't offer any constructive insights regarding the corp's internal problems.
For readers who are not in the military I would say that this book is not the definitive work in addressing the issues that DeYoung brings forth. It is highly opinionated, fails to provide concrete facts and is more of a bitter denunciation of the Army. Read it with a grain of salt and temper its verbal assaults by reading more balanced works about women in the Army.