Before I run off the rails; I want to preface my piece with a polite warning: I love the military. I volunteered four years of my life to it. It helped give many of my brothers a well-rounded start to their lives. It kept many of us out of drugs and prevented many of us from going to jail with a sh*tty crowd.
Now for the inconvenient; I think that Rebel Media and Fox News are wrong for cheerleading Carly Schroeder’s OCS/Army escapade.
Although I think it is noble to want to help trafficking victims and veterans; it doesn’t take joining the military to do that.
In our disjointed country; we have many needs that she could easily fill. (I speak for plenty of veterans that it doesn’t take joining the military to support it).
I have a few suggestions in how you can make that happen:
(1) Use your psychology and research experience in helping vets with PTSD:
Plenty of hospitals and research centers are doing this. They always need help and there are new breakthroughs everyday. Further research using previously overlooked medicines (including psilocybin, cannabinoids , and psychedelics) is ongoing and looking promising.
(2) Support a trafficking victims organization:
Yes; find your local organization or start one. Outside of hiring a private investigator and becoming a vigilante; this is a great idea how you can help. Truckers Against Trafficking and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (among others) are organizations looking for help.
(3) Fight Back Against Feminist Narratives:
This is a wide encompassing suggestion. We need great examples for our daughters. We have plenty of terrible examples. What we don’t have enough of is loving mothers (I wasn’t kidding about being a loving mom, you are 28 year old woman) and women that support their men. I had plenty of women flake out on me when I was in the service, especially when the “going got tough”. You could show your worth and toughness by “standing by your serviceman”.
The borderline adventurism might make a you a few years older by the time you get through your first set of orders and looking for “Mr. Unicorn”. Its a tough road to hoe. You will be in your thirties looking for someone and looking to start a family. If you stay in the military; it will only get harder.
I am not going to go off the rails but you don’t have to follow in your brother’s and father’s footsteps. I sure as hell didn’t want to see my “sisters”/aunts/female family members go through what many of my fellow servicemen had went through. I would rather be labeled a sexist than see any woman go through what many of the men did.
Don’t let Carly Schroeder be your poster girl when there are plenty of better examples found in the civilian world now. (I know of a few stay at home moms and legal organization volunteers that fit the bill).