By Judith Stiehm
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Some even attempted to explain why men thought (or perhaps, rather, said) such things. For example, it was noted that women are outnumbered ten to one. Thus, all of them have the opportunity to enjoy a very active social life, and, conversely, many men, even quite acceptable men, will not be given the time of day. Men's egos, they suggested, need an explanation for their lack of social life, preferably *For many years combat pay has been higher for officers than for enlisted men. Some women stationed in dangerous locations have earned combat pay even though they may not have participated in exchanges of fire.
S. manpower needs; some women were recruited, but they always composed less than one percent of the total even at the peak of the war. Thus, women of Cohort I entered during wartime to serve separately and under rules that limited their opportunity and required them to remain childless. The women of Cohort II (1956) accepted the same rules. They, however, entered, in peacetime, a women's component reduced in size by one-fourth since 1952. Just over a dozen of these women remained in Copyrighted Material 36 - The American Enlisted Woman service in 1980, but like those of Cohort I, they had visibility and an average rank of almost E-8.
Not one guessed pregnancy; and not one was pregnant. When I told them their commander's chief concern, their response was laughter. A discussion then ensued of the unease a woman's pregnancy causes the men who work with her. One told a hilarious story of having morning Copyrighted Material Overview - 23 sickness, of hurrying to the coed bathroom, of bursting in and vomiting allover her NCO, who had forgotten to lock the door. Women complain a lot about their uniforms and their living quarters, but one has the feeling that complaints about these items roll off commanders' backs.
Arms and the Enlisted Woman by Judith Stiehm