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1 William Barnett-Lewis  Sep 15, 2014 7:48:42pm

I did infantry school for the US Army at Harmony Church Ft Benning Ga back in the mid 80’s. I was a scrawny boy, it was a hard effort for me to make it to the end.

But I still am glad to have earned my crossed rifles and my fourragere in light blue. They were hard earned and I remain proud of my success.

My sister went to officer’s school and graduated first in her class. Due to a bureaucratic disaster she lost her commission. So instead she went on to become a Command Sergeant Major… !

Had she wished to, I have no doubt, that she would have been a better Infantry NCO than I was. I was good a my job. Very good even. I just know she was driven in a way I was not and would have been that much better. It is a loss for the US Army that she was not allowed to be what she could have been.

It is time to stop that stupidity.

2 Dark_Falcon  Sep 15, 2014 8:00:50pm

re: #1 William Barnett-Lewis

I did infantry school for the US Army at Harmony Church Ft Benning Ga back in the mid 80’s. I was a scrawny boy, it was a hard effort for me to make it to the end.

But I still am glad to have earned my crossed rifles and my fourragere in light blue. They were hard earned and I remain proud of my success.

My sister went to officer’s school and graduated first in her class. Due to a bureaucratic disaster she lost her commission. So instead she went on to become a Command Sergeant Major… !

Had she wished to, I have no doubt, that she would have been a better Infantry NCO than I was. I was good a my job. Very good even. I just know she was driven in a way I was not and would have been that much better. It is a loss for the US Army that she was not allowed to be what she could have been.

It is time to stop that stupidity.

What was the ‘bureaucratic disaster’? I ask because I collect stories of bureaucratic stupidity.

3 Eigth Immortal  Sep 15, 2014 8:03:12pm

re: #2 Dark_Falcon

Indeed, and what must the disaster be to cause the loss of an officer’s commission? I know that’s long been possible, I’m just curious what the sequence of events were

4 William Barnett-Lewis  Sep 15, 2014 8:13:07pm

re: #2 Dark_Falcon

Decades prior to her original enlistment, she had surgery to insert plastic tubes to her middle ears to keep her hearing good. During her time in OCS the Army National Guard decided that wasn’t acceptable. They did not tell her or her unit until after she had 1) graduated first in her class (the first woman to ever do so) and 2) served as a 2nd LT during a particularly difficult REFORGER exercise. They were 2 days from returning from that REFORGER when she received word that her commission had been had been revoked.

She was far stronger than I.

I would have walked away and never mentioned the army again in my life. But I was only an NCO. She was both and, perhaps, that made her stronger for it.

5 William Barnett-Lewis  Sep 15, 2014 8:27:51pm

Oh, she retired from the Army as a Command Sgt Major…

6 wheat-dogghazi  Sep 15, 2014 10:08:12pm

D_F, you omitted the link to the original article.

7 FemNaziBitch  Sep 16, 2014 8:18:49am

re: #4 William Barnett-Lewis

Decades prior to her original enlistment, she had surgery to insert plastic tubes to her middle ears to keep her hearing good. During her time in OCS the Army National Guard decided that wasn’t acceptable. They did not tell her or her unit until after she had 1) graduated first in her class (the first woman to ever do so) and 2) served as a 2nd LT during a particularly difficult REFORGER exercise. They were 2 days from returning from that REFORGER when she received word that her commission had been had been revoked.

She was far stronger than I.

I would have walked away and never mentioned the army again in my life. But I was only an NCO. She was both and, perhaps, that made her stronger for it.

That wasn’t a bureaucratic disaster, that was an excuse to get rid of a woman.

8 Dark_Falcon  Sep 16, 2014 6:58:33pm

re: #6 wheat-dogghazi

D_F, you omitted the link to the original article.

Oops, you’re right. I’ve corrected the error.


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