reply to post by ~Vixen~
I'm sorry, but I really find the assertion that military women make more than military men, and that women are held to different behavioral
standards, hard to believe. Could you please elaborate on how you came to these conclusions?
Sure, I came to that conclusion because I lived it for many years. You see, women in the Army make more money than men. It's somewhere around the sum
of $300/year, not much but enough to count it as more. I'm not sure about the other services but I'd bet they do. Oh, I forgot to mention that this
is for enlisted only.
You see, when enlisted personnel first ship off to basic training, they receive their uniforms at no cost. If these uniforms are torn up in combat or
due to training, they get replaced for free as well. However, along with that, each enlisted soldier receives a clothing allowance every year to buy
uniforms but because they are basically free anyway, people hardly, if ever, need to spend that money on uniforms. Women's clothing allowance equals
about $300 more than their male counter-parts. Generally speaking, there should be no reason that soldiers need to purchase new uniforms and if they
do, then they have done something wrong. You see, each time a soldier reenlists, they also get brand new uniforms so there should be no reason that a
uniform gets torn up with 3-5 years off duty. Furthermore, if sizing is the problem, then you obviously aren't staying in shape, which is grounds to
get you kicked out of the Army all together or put in a fat program before getting kicked out. Physical fitness in the Army is an absolute must, no
excuses what-so-ever. So, there really is no good reason for clothing allowances, though enlisted soldiers get them anyway and of course women get
As far as the different standards, women don't have to live up to the same cosmetic standards, such as haircuts and what not. They also don't have
to live up to the same physical standards. I believe that you are tested on your physical standards every couple of months or so and of course
physical training is everyday. Most women that I have encountered say that there physical standards are a joke and the statistics prove it. You see,
the tests of your physical ability are graded from 0%-100% and most women make that 100% easily, even if they have to be put in the fat program, which
basically says that their physical standards are a joke. While the guys have to train very, very hard to achieve the same standards, women don't. For
instance, on the quarterly 5 mile run, I think the women get twice as long as the men, just as with the 2 mile run (though times differ due to age and
sex). The same thing for push-ups and sit-ups as well, though the gap is much, much larger. Most women laugh at how little they are expected to do.
Also the discipline. Because of sexual harassment suits, women can't be treated as you would expect the military to treat soldiers. Things like
yelling or singling out are prohibited for females, while they aren't for males. Basically, they aren't allowed to train hard.
Now, make no mistake about it, this isn't the fault of the female soldiers as I have met quite a few who would rather it be different. It's just
that the Army has been sued [for sexual harassment] so many times by a female who gets angry with her Drill Sergeant because he yelled at her or
something didn't seem fair, so to cutback on opportunities of women wanting to "get even", the Army just nixed it all-together. Because of this,
women are basically treated with velvet gloves. Again, this is no fault of their own and I have known a few ladies who could pull just as much weight,
if not more, than some guys (pogues). However, if they don't want to, and in many cases even if they do, women don't have to live up to the same
standards set for men, while getting paid about $300 a year more.
I hope this answered your question.
[edit on 5-9-2010 by airspoon]