Explosive ordnance, diving, and other things women do in the military

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I’m on a couple of veterans’ groups on Facebook, and there’s periodically a repost of some idiot who essentially says the military is getting paid for not doing anything.  During Desert Storm, the first Persian Gulf War, our transportation company hauled potable water (drinkable) everywhere using 5,000 blivets.  This was a life-saving to the soldiers deployed because of the constant threat of dehydration.  We also hauled artillery to the front line, as well as as mail to the soldiers.

Most people (including me!) are exhausted after an 8 hour work day and complain about it.  Our typical days were probably closer to 12 hours, and in some cases, were 24 hours.

Anywhere, here’s a list of some of the jobs women do in the military.  Enjoy!

Explosive Ordnance Disposal – This is one takes a special kind of dedication, dealing with something that actually might kill you.  This is a predominantly male field in the army.

Fire Direction Officer – Artillery!  I had to go look up what this officer does.  Among other things, she ensures that the correct firing coordinates are sent to the Howitzers.

Chaplains –  We have missionaries in the family, and from their travels, sometimes I wonder if this has the potential to be the most dangerous job of all.

Army Band – This is a very prestigious job and hard to get into.  You’re hand-picked, and you don’t get in unless someone leaves.
Diver – I grew up watching Mike Nelson of Sea Hunt have adventures under the water, so this is awesome.

Engagement Teams – This is a specialized team designed to communicate with the Afghani women.  Sort of like a first contact on Star Trek.

Helicopter Pilot – My first association with military helicopter pilots was the TV series Airwolf.  It gives you an idea of how dangerous this can turn into.

Next up will be “Can an MRE count as Food?” so tune in, same military channel, same military time tomorrow.

7 thoughts on “Explosive ordnance, diving, and other things women do in the military

  1. Cat-Gerlach April 5, 2014 / 3:17 am

    This is really interesting. I’m all in favor of women doing everything they want to do, although military is not my thing. These days, women are much more independent and self assured. That will help us become more equal in the long run.


  2. Sammy D. April 5, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Every single job and mission is critical in the military. Absolutely critical. My admiration and gratitude knows no bounds.


    • Linda Maye Adams, Soldier, Storyteller April 6, 2014 / 6:24 am

      The challenge is that sometimes something doesn’t appear to be critical — until a war happens. Graves registration (dealing with the bodies of the dead) is one of those jobs. That one would take a very special kind of person to do.


      • Sammy D. April 6, 2014 / 8:34 am

        I agree. I think about that when I visit Fort Logan Cemetary here in Denver or watch on tv when bodies floen home from deployment are shown.

        Also having the job of going to homes to notify them of a death of a loved one. God bless the men and women who tske on all those responsibilities.


  3. Chris Boothman April 5, 2014 / 10:59 pm

    Great post and I really learned something new here because I had no idea about this! I agree completely with Sammy’s comment that everyone in the military does an amazing job – kudos to those folks and kudos to you for putting together a quality post to recognize this.


    • Linda Maye Adams, Soldier, Storyteller April 6, 2014 / 6:26 am

      I think most of the media tends to focus on the “sexy” jobs — infantry, Special Forces, and Rangers. Everyone else tends to get lumped together in one vague group, But without all those soldiers, the elite wouldn’t be able to do what they need to do. Pretty hard to charge into battle if a cook hasn’t cooked a meal for you.


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