From: Dan Clemmensen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jan 17 2002 - 17:22:12 MST
Brian D Williams wrote:
> The only fair solution I've seen was a fully integrated unit as
> portrayed in "Starship Troopers." "Starship Troopers" was the book
> that convinced me to join the USMC and I was delighted to learn
> it's now on the boot camp recommended reading list.
> Change can be difficult, and so is progress, but essential.
Hienlien's "Starship Troopers"? I don't recall fully integrated
units in that book. I do recall many references to the MI as
being exclusively male. In particular, the protagonist did
guard duty at "bulkhead 40" and ws thinking about WOMEN!
who were naval officers of which he might get a glimpse,
as opposed to his MI comrades who are all male. Female officers
did not serve in little ships because they could not accommodate
the necessary segregated facilities found on big ships.
By contrast, David Weber's Honor Harrington series has
fully-integrated units at all levels and in all (Manticoran)
services, leading my daughter to dream of Annapolis until
she learned about the asthma disqualification.
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