Utah mom, 300 other soldiers prepare selves, families as they get ready to deploy

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  • KM
    June 20, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    I don't like to watch women in the boxing ring. They don't belong there. I really don't like watching women going off to fight wars. They don't belong there either. Call me old fashioned or narrow minded, but I don't think thats where a mother should be.

  • John Robert Mallernee
    June 20, 2010 3:20 a.m.

    usmcvetdeb, Et Alii:

    I have seen the movie, "G.I. JANE", and it's a ridiculous Hollywood feminazi fantasy.

    In reality, very few males are able to qualify as Navy SEALs, Rangers, or Special Forces.

    According to the news, three quarters of applicants are currently being denied enlistment in the Armed Forces, because they aren't able to meet the required standards.

    That's pretty bad, when you consider how lax those standards become in time of war, when each of the Armed Services are desperately seeking replacements.

    Why encourage a female to "stay salty"?

    Do you realize American soldiers are actually being killed?

    I receive those casualty reports from the Pentagon, right here on my own personal computer.

    Furthermore, haven't you noticed all the news reports of rape and pregnancies occurring in military service?

    Why should any female choose to deliberately risk that?

    I stand by my previous comments, for my opinions are based on years of personal experience and observation.

    Children need their mothers.

    Men's lives are sufficiently at risk without females selfishly increasing the hazards.

    Thank you.

    John Robert Mallernee
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

  • usmcvetdeb
    June 19, 2010 11:33 p.m.

    PFC Bradford my last post should have been sent for you. If you know Bradford guide her to my post please. I want to support her in every way possible. We have enough archaic thinking about what a woman or mothers place is in this country. Gather up, stay salty and show the Mallernee's what we're made of. He needs to see the movie "GI JANE"

  • John Robert Mallernee
    June 19, 2010 9:00 p.m.

    Andersonsue, Et Alii:

    For me, your comment recalls unpleasant memories of years following the Viet Nam War, when guys actually BRAGGED they'd joined the National Guard only to avoid being drafted and sent into a combat zone.

    Military policy has changed, and National Guardsmen now are regularly committed to combat, and consistently incur casualties.

    Whether or not there was a war going on at the time you enlisted, the primary mission of the United States Army is ALWAYS combat, up close and personal.

    Didn't you read the newspapers or watch the television news broadcasts?

    If you are the mother of children, then please request an immediate compassionate discharge.

    Maybe your chaplain or the Red Cross can assist you.

    Your children need you more than the Army does.

    I blame my United States Army for its continued unrealistic compulsory social experimention, permitting mothers of children to enlist, while perpetuating false promises of extra income and fringe benefits, with little or no actual risk of combat.

    Thank you.

    John Robert Mallernee
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

  • Andersonsue
    June 19, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    When I joined the Army, there were no wars. I thought it would be a good way to make an income part time while I raised my children. You do not say "no" to a deployment.

  • Larry
    June 19, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    Ronnie Lee Gardener was just exicuted for killing.
    Now we are sending women to the front that desert their children.
    And this sounds alright.

  • TJ Banks
    June 19, 2010 7:13 p.m.

    Children are being sacrificed on the alter of political correctness. Extra pay and benefits are not worth what the children have to go through.

  • John Robert Mallernee
    June 19, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    Andi72, Et Alii:

    Of course, fathers love their children and are sometimes forced by circumstances to risk their own mortal lives in making sacrifices which require their extended absence from home and family.

    But, are you seriously equating males and females?

    While the unique characteristics of both parents are necessary, the harsh reality is that, when required, the female is far better suited for raising the children alone.

    Thank you.

    John Robert Mallernee
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

  • John Robert Mallernee
    June 19, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    Screwdriver, Et Alii:

    It doesn't matter if PFC Bradford's job is only "admin".

    Her mere presence weakens the combat effectiveness of any military unit.

    Regardless of their designated assignment, EVERY soldier in the United States Army receives Basic Combat Training, so that, if necessary, they can function as an Infantry soldier.

    In a war, unexpected emergencies are a common fact of life.

    Not only that, but the environment of the job, ANY military job, even in time of peace, and even when on United States soil, is always hazardous.

    This is because you frequently have large numbers of personnel, who come from varied backgrounds (criminal, poorly educated, foreign born, et cetera), working with heavy machinery, high voltage, explosives, automatic weapons, and even practicing hand to hand killing techniques.

    Plus, people being human, soldiers occasionally get drunk and fight among themselves (for whatever reason), and of course, every guy wants a gal.

    That's why it's so detrimental to military efficiency having females in traditionally male environments.

    Thank you.

    John Robert Mallernee
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

  • Screwdriver
    June 19, 2010 5:36 p.m.

    Do you have any idea why most people join the military?

    Bush slashed student aid and college costs have risen how many thousands of percent in the last 20 years? I have many family stories of working during the summer and paying thier tuition and living expenses the rest of the year. No student loans. But that was 50 years ago.

    People join the military many times to take care of thier famility the best they can. Or they could try to survive on $8 an hour and no other services or food stamps ect. She could be an admin for all you know anyway.

    Here's an idea, let's stop invading the middle east and have a true national defense.

  • Andi72
    June 19, 2010 5:17 p.m.

    And fathers don't make any sacrafices when they deploy?? They don't leave children behind for months or years? Do they love their children any less because they are male?? Your logic is flawed.

  • TJ Banks
    June 19, 2010 2:11 p.m.

    The ones making the sacrifices are the children. Mothers should not be doing this unless absolutely necessary.

  • Andi72
    June 19, 2010 1:59 p.m.

    She is doing it because she feels it is what is right for her. She is doing it so someone else won't have to. Maybe if we bring back the draft, then people will have a little more respect about the sacrafices these people are making.

  • TJ Banks
    June 19, 2010 11:58 a.m.

    How can you dress up in your camo fatigues and prepare your toddlers for months or years without you? The world is upside down, and women with children are buying into every fad. I agree, it is sad and pathetic.

  • Lon
    June 19, 2010 11:22 a.m.

    I agree with John Robert Mallernee. What a foolish and selfish act for this mother to get her "strokes" by signing up in the first place. I hope the boys remember her when she gets back, if she gets back. One cannot be too admirable of a woman who intentionally deserts her family via the armed forces. Gimme a break on this one. Pathetic.

  • John Robert Mallernee
    June 19, 2010 8:59 a.m.


    How shall I be diplomatic and tactfully express this?

    Hmmm - - - , oh, the heck with "political correctness", I'll just say it plain out!

    It is W-R-O-N-G, wrong, wrong, WRONG for any MOTHER to ever be permitted to serve in any unit of the Armed Forces!!!

    Yes, I remember how it used to be many years ago, and I know America has changed, but it's not for the better.

    The destruction of the basic family unit means the eventual destruction of all of society, and even now, we can see it as it's happening all around us.

    When I was in Viet Nam, there were no women in our unit, which I'm grateful for, as we already had enough problems just trying to stay alive.

    A few years later, when the Army began placing females in regular line units, it caused a lot of problems, which the Army bureaucracy concealed.

    I subscribe to the Pentagon's RSS feed, which documents continued casualties in Iraq.

    Mothers, leave the Army, and stay home.

    Thank you.

    John Robert Mallernee
    Armed Forces Retirement Home
    Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

  • zezette
    June 19, 2010 6:28 a.m.

    I thank you, brave soldiers, and your families for your sacrifices. Go with God.

  • cjb
    June 19, 2010 3:46 a.m.

    I suppose it is the right of women who are mothers to join the service if they want to and go to war, but mothers really should be home with their young children and not off fighting an enemy.