September 28, 2004

Deployed Life as a Woman

The question was asked in one of the various comments that I have, and I am not to sure I am qualified to answer it fully. So I turned to one of my company mates who regularly goes out to different places with her team on her views. I forgot though, she is a lot like me in her attitude towards being deployed, in that it really doesn't matter one way or another, and she is also considered by many to be the female version of Stifler ROFL:-D Anyway, a few salient points: 1. The local nationals will stare, openly. Just their culture, plus we are American, Women, and in uniform, which is an unusual thing to them. It drives us a wee insane, but we learn to put up with it.
2. American men get doubly worse in their one liners, Ok I am (partially) joking on that one.
3. For the most part, it isn't much different then being in the states. Ok certain things are unavailable to us, but that is the same across the board. I think the one thing that gets most females I know is the loss of looks so to speak. One does get tired of wearing the same thing, or the same hairstyle day after day, and I know that some of the girls I know just long to feel pretty again, in their own clothing, with their own way of doing things. Hell, I feel the same way. I long for the feel of my outrageously high heels again LOL. But for now we do what we can in little ways, such as wearing makeup (Me and, hard to part ROFL), or perfume. And as ever, realize that this is what we signed up for, and occasionally sacrifices, however silly they may seem, must be made.


Garrison Steelle said...

You know, I actually have NO trouble believing #2.


JackOfShadows1 said...

Sgt. , my daughter is an Army veteran, some years ago and I worried a lot about her welfare.
Now I find myself, being the male chauvinist pig that I am, worrying about our females soldiers in a Moslem country.
I know you are all trained but still I think about the little girls you once were and I fear that the extemists will single you out for revenge.
So, to all our troops and especially the female troops, my prayers are with you.
Please remember, though many of us back home disagree with the current administation, We pray for your well being and for your return to Home.

Simran said...

Good news today! The two Italian aid workers that were kidnapped have been released. :)

Cigarette Smoking Man from the X-Files said...

Just a reminder, SGT Lizzie, boots are so much more COMFORTABLE than heels! LOL! ;)

Seriously though, what makes you beautiful is that you're doing damn good work keeping us safer, keeping the terrorists busy over there so they won't be blowing up little kids over here. Come to think of it, that's drop-dead gorgeous of you.

Lucys5Cents said...

So catch me up -- is this your first time being deployed overseas?

How often can you shower? Do you have to keep your hair short? I don't know how to cope w/o a hair dryer myself.

Can't imagine you miss high heels! Just think of all the bunions you're saving yourself from! Really, they're badddd for your knees, back, feet, etc.

So I was reading an AOL news item about the private truck drivers who are taking food goods to the troops in Iraq. The reporter said this may be the "best victualed army" the U.S. ever had. Are you really eating steak and such nightly? Somehow that seemed like a great exaggeration.

I think most of us want to imagine the nitty-gritty things like did you take a pillow from home? How often can you wash your sheets? Can you get ear plugs to avoid listening to happy-go-lucky room mates? What kind of computer did you take from home? Do you find that you rarely send hard copy letters home now that you're blogging? Things like that--

Well, hang in there, heels or not, you'll be dancin' again before you know it!