Author of A Drill Sergeant’s Fame
2. What was your experience like, to be in the armed forces during wartime, as a woman?
Some of my experiences as a female in the military were similar to those of males while other times proved to be as different as virtuous and malevolence. A similarity is during training and how we were treated or expected to complete a task. During war time I experienced the difference in genders and our role as a soldier though. One night while stationed at Orgun-E in Afghanistan we lost a soldier, literally. Females were given tasks within our walls of protection, the base. We helped and supported male soldiers get ready for their missions. A lot of us wanted to be out there with the Infantry guys and now that females are allowed to be infantry soldiers, instances like these will change.
3. What was it about the training that you received from your drill sergeants that left a lasting impression? The training that left a lasting impression was the intellectual aspect mostly, it was more like mind expanding than brainwashing which is what most people think. I gained confidence in myself and my ability to complete a task, more than I ever had before. I also am much more aware of the health of my body and how to keep it fit.
4. What should America be doing to combat terrorism? I think that keeping our military strong and up to date with its abilities and resources has a key role in combating terrorism.
5. Do you miss the rigors and rhythm of the army? I do miss a lot of the social interaction I think, the constant go for it positive attitudes I was around all the time. A part of me does miss being overseas too. It was an amazing experience.
6. What techniques or approaches to life did you learn in the Army that you find you can apply to civilian life? The constant go for it positive attitudes as I stated above is what spilled out into my civilian life after serving in the Army. I learned how to turn a situation around in your mind to help it come to pass in reality. And how to keep up your stamina through it all to see the finished outcome.
7. How challenging was it to put together a book of poetry? Writing wasn’t real challenging but arranging the book was time consuming part. I love to write and poetry is a form that flows out most of the time. Organizing it with the chapters I chose was a bit trying though. I wanted my readers to feel a constant flow of change and progression throughout the book, much like I experienced myself.