Offered an interview at the ARC for tomorrow. Hoping I get the job.. we’ll see.
You know what really irks me?
When people pull me to the side to give me advice about being female by gender in the Marines. It’s always by prospective applicants, too.
Let me tell you something, buddy. I think you’re intimidated. I think my professionalism and bearing gets your jimmies rustled, and I think you’re afraid I will compete for the same positions as you. I want to be a Marine officer to do right by the Marines under my command. That is my only goal, to lead, to be a mentor and a source of guidance, and to most of all to ensure that everyone gets to go home. My job is not to prove anything to anyone. A Marine is a Marine. You do what you need to do to get the job done. At the end of the day, OUR goal is to get the job done. My job is to help take my unit there. My gender has nothing to do with it. I’m not strongest, the fastest, or the smartest, but I guarantee that I can give it my best, and I promise it will be more than good enough.
So here’s some advice for you. Work on yourself. Do your best and above all trust that your people know what they are doing. They are adults, after all, and if you can’t trust them to do their job, how will you trust them in the line of fire? We all work as one. I appreciate the help, but giving me pointers to navigate my own gender isn’t necessary.