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November 15, 2008

U.S. Army names first female four star general

Ann E. Dunwoody became the first female four-star general in the U.S. Army on Friday. She was subsequently sworn in as the commander of the U.S. Materiel Command.


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Wow. As an army brat, I’m trying to imagine what the officers of my father’s generation would have thought of a woman making O-10. I can’t. They’d have considered flying pigs just as likely. The idea of serving under a female general would have been initially shocking, even appalling, but then they’d have followed orders just as if nothing had happened. They were soldiers after all: if ordered to do so, they’d have worked quietly and reliably right up until Warsaw Pact privates jumped over their desks and bayoneted them. I’ve wondered if Harry Truman as a veteran understood that when he ordered the military integrated, while Clinton, who had never soldiered, didn’t when he compromised with don’t ask-don’t tell.

How do you feel about the inclusion of the prayer that appeared to imply that the promotion came from God?

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