Rule 5 Blogging: Women with Weapons

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as putting pictures of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.

We were talking to our younger daughter last weekend, and she said that she’d be horrible at golf. I asked her, “Well, how good were you with a rifle when you started?” She said she was terrible. But, after instruction, and practice, she qualified as a Marksman in Basic Combat Training, and, after that, both daughters have subsequently qualified as Sharpshooters. My point to her was that it doesn’t matter too much how bad you are at something when you start, with training and practice you can get good. She noted that she doesn’t get much chance to practice, at which point I noted that she still scored as a Sharpshooter on her last quals. Her response was that all she did was go through the procedure taught in BCT concerning sighting, squeezing the trigger, and breathing technique. I replied, well they must have taught you those things pretty well if that’s what’s keeping you qualified! So, this week, Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson!

Basic Combat Training, Bravo Company, 1-61st Infantry Battalion, 165th Infantry Brigade, Fort Jackson, SC

PFC on her chest, but First Sergeant on her arm? Those insignia mean that she’s still in BCT, but she is serving as a platoon leader. I do not know about this particular soldier, but in most cases the Drill Sergeants assign those jobs to BCT soldiers who have earned it, and don’t just hand them out at random. I do note two loaded magazines which the Commander-in-Chief thinks ought to be banned.

Setting her sights on the target.

Awaiting her turn on the range. Note that her trigger finger is extended rather than resting on the trigger, as she has been taught, even though there is no magazine in the weapon.

Loading her magazine.