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Marine Applying For Combat Arms Slams Her Critics Like A True Grunt
Cpl. Angelique Preston, 22, joined the Marines to do what many, if not most, people join the Marines to do: fight. Or, in Preston’s words, “to do Marine things, like go to combat.”
But as a marksmanship coach at Camp Pendleton, the chances of Preston squaring off with America’s enemies on the battlefield are extremely unlikely. However, that may change soon.
Preston, a former high school cheerleader, has just submitted her application for field artillery. It’s a move made possible by the Pentagon’s recent decision to allow women who qualify to join ground fighting forces.
“People were like, ‘you shouldn’t do that, because you’re a female, you’re a woman,’” Preston told San Diego’s KPBS news. “Why? I want to go.”
In 2015, Preston took part in a grueling, historic experiment to test whether or not women could handle the rigors of combat, which required her to load and fire Howitzers. Shortly after, in December, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered all combat arms units be opened to women.
Preston is fully aware of the flak her decision to become one of America’s first artillery women will inevitably draw from some of her male peers. But she doesn’t seem the least bit fazed. If anything, she’s cocky.
“I’m good at it, and I can do it better than some of the men can,” Preston said. “A lot of times they get kinda,” she added, reaching for a word, “kinda butthurt.”
“Butthurt” is a dismissive slang term for being easily offended that is popular in the military. It references the feeling one experiences after a spanking.
Now that’s spoken like a true grunt.
The command chief of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, was removed from his position last month after his chain of command received evidence he disrespected his subordinates.
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
The "suck it up and drive on" mentality permeated our years in the U.S. military and often led us to delay getting both physical and mental health care. As veterans, we now understand that engaging in effective care enables us not just to survive but to thrive. Crucially, the path to mental wellness, like any serious journey, isn't accomplished in a day — and just because you need additional or recurring mental health care doesn't mean your initial treatment failed.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty.
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