posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 10:52 AM
My eldest daughter was in the Air Force. Lackland AFB is the only place in the US where Air Force recruits go through boot camp, so if anything weird
was going on, that would be the base where it is the worst.
She was trained as a turbo prop mechanic, an area where there are very few women. She was the only female in her class. She told me on many
occasions that there was constant sexual harassment from her fellow airmen, the officer in charge was aware and thought it was funny. My kid's a
tough cookie, but she said the filth that she had to hear on a daily basis while she was trying to learn the job really got to her. She was not
raped, as she is a very proficient kick boxer and would have hurt them as bad as they hurt her, but it was the environment of constant harassment,
dirty talk, and pressure for dates that wore her down.
She was good at her job, did as well as the men did, but it was the marathon of having a bunch of leering, dirty-talking creeps that finally made her
request to be moved to an office position where there were other women around, so she wouldn't be the only target.
I begged her to report these creeps and the idiot in charge who allowed this filth-fest to go on in a learning environment, but she said she wasn't a
"rat", and didn't want to ruin anybody's career or go through the hassle of telling on them, she just wanted to get away from it. I guess that's
the mindset of the military: Take your abuse and don't say anything to anybody.
She was summarily removed from what looked like a pretty cool job that she was good at, to do some lame office work, and finally at the Lackland
airport, checking people's bags and loading them on aircraft. She stayed for the amount of time it took her to receive full GI benefits, then she
married her boyfriend who was in the Army, and they allowed her to do the rest of her time as a reservist.
It all worked out for her, as she ended up getting her bachelor of science degree in IT, Magna Cum Laude, and is out now in the civilian world, but I
still remember all those emails from her, both from Lackland AFB and later from Yakota AFB in Japan, in which she described the constant bullcrap and
sexual harassment from her peers, which was not only overlooked, but was viewed with amusement by the higher-ups, and I get very angry.
Had she not had a solid background of self-defense, she may have been a rape victim as well.
The Air Force needs to be shaken up from the top on down, and these disgusting perverts who still think it is 1950 need to be removed. Until they get
the cockroaches out of the place, it will be an unfair and difficult environment for any female enlistee.