Wild Women Wednesday is a monthly interview with amazing military mama bloggers. The goal is to connect more with the blogosphere and get to know more of my ‘coworkers’. Really build *my* community.
This month, being May and about Mother’s day *AND* the Military spouse, I thought I’d interview my mom, who was active duty when I was born. So meet my mommy; Sharon is a third generation resident of our hometown in SW Colorado, and is currently a bookkeeper in Central Texas.
How many years did you serve and what years were they?
I served three years. Between 1982 and 1985.
Did you deploy or train and any cool locations?
I did not go to any place cool. That was Usually reserved for people on their second tour of duty. Like Athens or Egypt.
What was your work schedule like?
My work schedule was very variable. If I was in training, it could be 9 to 5. Or if we were on a field exercise it was 24/7.
What was training like both basic technical/career and on the job?
My original training was as a Arabic linguist. I spent a year and a half at presidio California at the Defense language Institute, then went on to three months training in electronic warfare and then six weeks training at Fort Meade. Technically since it was during the Cold War, all soldiers were always on duty.
Did (re)enlistment bonuses exist and if so what were they like?
I received a bonus for completing my Arabic and electronic warfare training. So bonuses did exist they were much smaller than they are today but that’s inflation. There’s also bonuses for reenlisting I don’t know remember how much they were.
Why did you enlist begin with and what were your reasons for separating rather than going career?
I enlisted because I wanted to go to college and the army was offering to pay.
Do you think military service should be mandatory for every American list reasons why or why not?
I did not then and do not think now that military service should be mandatory for everyone.
Some of the people I went to basic treating with had no business being in the army and I know that those kind of people exist today. The ones who cannot follow simple directions and or a danger to themselves and others.
What was it like to be a female in a male dominated career field?
The physical demands were excruciating. My main complaint was the judgment on how good a soldier I was by how fast I could run, not how well I could translate, or how well I could conduct electronic warfare, or even how well I shot my weapon.
What do you think that the biggest differences between the time that you served in and the average military member now?
When I served, it was during the Cold War. Our main enemy focus was Russia and it’s satellites. We expected to meet them on the battlefield. We had no idea that we have to face insurgents.
Most of my platoon sergeant’s and older commanding officers had served in Vietnam. They had a little tolerance for stupidity or laziness. I don’t know if that’s true today.
Do you think military service and motherhood shout be mutually exclusive?
Single motherhood and military service are mutually exclusive. I don’t know what it would be like if there was another parent.
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