Joanna (Jo) Dasher is a freelance writer in Savannah, Georgia. She was previously executive director at a literacy nonprofit called The Deep Center (deepkids.com) before leaving to pursue writing full-time. After graduating from West Point with a B.S. in political science in 2006, Jo served for five years in the active-duty Army, including two combat tours in Afghanistan as an ordnance platoon leader and member of a provincial reconstruction team in Ghazni province. She separated from the Army in 2011 as a captain. Jo authors a column for the Savannah Morning News about local public education, and is currently at work on a collection of short stories.
As women are integrated into combat units previously unavailable to them, there’s been a lot of talk about and concern for how this change will deteriorate morale, unit cohesion, and esprit de corps in those units. I can't help but think that those making these arguments are merely equivocating, justifying a learned chauvinism, and mustering up the last argument they can think to make against a truth that we’ve known all along: Integration is the right answer.
“Where were you on 9/11?” is the “Where were you when…” question of our generation. For my grandparents and parents it was “Where were you when JFK was shot,” and “when we walked on the moon” and “when the Berlin wall fell.”