MSG Jeff Fenlason is a 26-year Ranger-qualified Infantry NCO. He is the former director of the Raider Initiatives Group, 1ABCT, 3ID. He is widely recognized as a leader development expert and has made significant contribution to the profession of arms through improving body armor for small statured and female soldiers, the development of a Bystander Intervention program to address sexual assault that is being adapted as the Army model, and Raider University, a five-day leader development program recognized by the TRADOC commander as a leader development 'Best Practice'. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, DOD, or the U.S. government.
When I first joined the Army in 1990, there were no women at all in infantry units. I only remember seeing them around the brigade headquarters in the late 90s. But since 2001, I have served with, led, and been led by women.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.