Hey, seriously... I really love this photo! Back to the orginal commentary I made, yes! I was apprehensive about women in combatant roles but never saw it take place personally. It's just sort of hard for me to picture too many women able to shoulder a 250 lb. object and scale up a ladder with it or bang out a 3 mile swim on open ocean with gear
On the flip side of the coin, allow me to tell you something you may find amusing (at least all you women will). In the state of New Jersey
, USA there were multiple incidents of a boat slamming into a dock
, boater slamming into a piling, boater slamming into another boater, boater slamming into a sandbar, etc... the bodies were really starting to stack up so the state of New Jersey
decided to establish a mandatory boating safety
certificate and a little course that goes with it!
I didn't have to partake in the course due to documentation
and credentials I found out but the dear woman did. She stumbled into this class for her boating safety
certificate and it was ALL males with the exception of her! This group of macho, manly sorts of males muttered things under their breath along the lines of, "Why is a WOMAN taking this course!?" because it seemed sort of laughable or amusing to them? This entire class as it turns out were a group of the typical weekend warriors (powerboaters) that all owned open fisherman type boats, bass boats, etc. that loaded up the cases of beer
and went fishing
. One went so far as to ask the instructor along the lines of "Why's a woman in a boating class with us manly cool boating dudes?" sort of thing. He replied, "Her? She owns a relatively large yacht and is an experienced sailor with many years of experience", which seemed to get them to tone it down a bit and shut up.
The true caliber of the overall boating and navigational skills of these guys became apparent rather quickly... They didn't seem to know a pair of dividers from a midchannel marker from a seagull! They quickly found out that this woman in their class already knew all the answers to everything, possibly better than the instuctor and were asking her for answers to things along the way. Half the class failed the little exam thing at the end, many others barely slid by... and the only one to "ace" it was also the only girl in the class. She essentially made them all look like idiots and I'm sure they were all rethinking their initial thoughts and commentary at the beginning of the course.