This is the story of the first woman who did bomb disposal for the military:
More important, she was captivated by the job from the first moment she plugged a blasting cap into a block of TNT. We can really blow things up? she recalled thinking, as if she was getting away with something. She could put explosives on anything — a pile of old land mines, cardboard boxes, a wooden table — and it would cease to exist and “turn into air.” It was a revelation.
Fascinating to read about. Still not something I would have volunteered for. Much better to write about fictional characters and fictional explosives! Much safer, too.
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.