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Does this make sense? (Edited 10/05/10 11:58PM by Jess)
OK. I kind of ruined my good mood today by bringing up this old argument of mine with my family. See, when I'm older I'm considering the Air Force before going to college- or going to an Air Force academy. But my parents argue that because i am a female, there are certain things the military would probably not let me do- like combat flight, which is what I was planning on. So Mom, Dad, and I had this big argument over whet my limitations are and that i'm a drama queeen and I'm ignorant and i don't listen and stuff. well, maybe I am, but to myself and my personal opinion, xontrolling a probe from miles away, sitting at a desk in front of a computer, or testing planes is not what I dream about doing. I understand that girls and guys are built differently. But if my plane crashes, I could rescue my male copilot. I could do what the guys do. The air force is what i want to do. And i want to be part of the action. Not a tester. What do you guys think? Does gender influence what you 'can' or 'cannot' do?
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#2 | 1665 days ago

If you are physically capable of doing a job, there should be NO reason in the world you're not allowed to do it.  Hell, at work I control dogs that weigh more than I do better than ANY man I've ever worked with.  So I say that if you can physically handle the job, saying that  you shouldn't do it is utter bullsh*t.
  
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#1 | 1665 days ago

(Edited by Som6)
 Just enter the contest of F-16.....U will hv to pass the test that the Air Force boys will keep ....if U score the most then U will get a chance to fly in it ...so that will be a great achievement on your field and you can show ur parents the fighting spirit inside you....best of luck...
#2 | 1665 days ago

If you are physically capable of doing a job, there should be NO reason in the world you're not allowed to do it.  Hell, at work I control dogs that weigh more than I do better than ANY man I've ever worked with.  So I say that if you can physically handle the job, saying that  you shouldn't do it is utter bullsh*t.
#3 | 1665 days ago

janet011685 wrote:
If you are physically capable of doing a job, there should be NO reason in the world you're not allowed to do it.  Hell, at work I control dogs that weigh more than I do better than ANY man I've ever worked with.  So I say that if you can physically handle the job, saying that  you shouldn't do it is utter bullsh*t.
Agree completely. There will always be those that are bigots and have a problem with women being in any area that is supposedly still "man's domain", but women in the air force is not that uncommon of a thing anymore and has improved greatly since they were first able to join in the 60's.

An excerpt from Air Force Print News Today saying what to expect in today's environment:

Basic Training Today
- Eight weeks in length
- Co-ed training/separate dormitories
- Dorm Guard awakens or Training Instructors came in and used trash can lids to 
  awaken at 0400 hrs for Reveille
- PT a.m. til 0530 hrs
- Breakfast followed by classes
- Lights out at 2100 hrs
- In the field for 6 days "Warrior Week"
- Run everywhere, wingman
- Obstacle Course
- Weapons training and firing 

Today
- Women are thoroughly  integrated into combat support roles and the services depend  
  upon the capabilities of women.
- Women command Naval Air Stations, operational flying Wings, Army hospital, Co-
  pilots  the space shuttle, command the space shuttle, command a Navy warship at 
  sea, assigned to carriers
- Full participants in the · Global War on Terror
- To date, servicewomen · are still restricted from serving in para-rescue, combat 
  controllers 
#4 | 1665 days ago

(Edited by danny_n94)
Chief_aka_James wrote:
Agree completely. There will always be those that are bigots and have a problem with women being in any area that is supposedly still "man's domain", but women in the air force is not that uncommon of a thing anymore and has improved greatly since they were first able to join in the 60's.

An excerpt from Air Force Print News Today saying what to expect in today's environment:

Basic Training Today
- Eight weeks in length
- Co-ed training/separate dormitories
- Dorm Guard awakens or Training Instructors came in and used trash can lids to 
  awaken at 0400 hrs for Reveille
- PT a.m. til 0530 hrs
- Breakfast followed by classes
- Lights out at 2100 hrs
- In the field for 6 days "Warrior Week"
- Run everywhere, wingman
- Obstacle Course
- Weapons training and firing 

Today
- Women are thoroughly  integrated into combat support roles and the services depend  
  upon the capabilities of women.
- Women command Naval Air Stations, operational flying Wings, Army hospital, Co-
  pilots  the space shuttle, command the space shuttle, command a Navy warship at 
  sea, assigned to carriers
- Full participants in the · Global War on Terror
- To date, servicewomen · are still restricted from serving in para-rescue, combat 
  controllers 
James , you listed enlisted. Boot Camp. Totally different. But you also listed what women can do, going to the Academy is different
Shelby,
I applaud you for wantin to be a fighter pilot. From when I was in its different. I was USN, but before I got out there were female pilots on F-18 on carries, guess what they are in combat arenas. Do what you feel is best. Get your grades up so you can get into the AF Academy. (Personally as being an ex-squid GO NAVY) Then if you can qual for it they will trai you for what best for skill set. I wish may daughter had a goal like you do. Right now you are young and that is what your parents are more concerned with that you are limiting yourself. But the military will not only help you in the short term while in, in the long run it will benefit you. I hope you do make into flight school.The bottom line is you have to have good grades and be a pillar in your community, cuz you will need a congressman/senator to reccomend you for the academy., I hope you accomplish this. Its awesome and you will be in my prayers to make this happen. Just remember its harder than anyone can tell you, except for the people who have gone before you.
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#5 | 1665 days ago

I think you can do it, never let someone else tell you what your limits are. I applaud your determination, I hope you not only succeed but you excel to the point where you achieve honors. Let us know when you succeed! God speed in your career choice! God bless all soldiers during the New Year, and Thanks.
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#6 | 1665 days ago

 Come on, you can do it, granpa last week about ten days ago, took us to training command base of Airforce at Yelahanka, Bangalore, we saw young gals in their early twenties, after graduation, getting trained for various roles in Airforce, India, they are in technical corps, as pilots of helicopters which fly in most difficult situations, like at Siachen glacier, supplying food to soldiers, between the sniper fire.

Some are navigation pilots, technical staff in maintainance, nursing, medical corps, combat role does not mean only physical combat, it is mental combat, in major support roles to the force.
Even in Army, there are women who man the roles of very critical roles, ensuring success for the forces, in signals corps, Army supply Corps, Engineering corps etc.Neetu.
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#7 | 1665 days ago

 Where there is will, there is a way, make up your will, to win, achieve what you dream, against all odds, Deepa.
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#8 | 1665 days ago
JRSFLAME88 (+)

Follow your dreams.  Since you are only 14 you will probablly change your mind over and over as to what you want to do.  I can tell you this:  My nephew was 18 and headed down the wrong road he joined the Navy and it turned him into a different person.  A man that I am so proud of I can't help but brag on him every chance I get!
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#9 | 1665 days ago

Sure you can do it.  There is no limit today on what women can do.  Just know what yo need to be doing now to prepare for the path you have chosen. (Like what classes you should be taking in school, etc.)   Good luck to you .
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#10 | 1665 days ago
Dragon_Girl (+)

#11 | 1643 days ago

Good luck, you've got years to go.  Who knows, when the time comes, it could be too late for conventional fighter pilots anyway and you could be sitting in a nice cushy office controlling a UAV all the same.
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