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The private war of women soldiers By Helen Benedict (http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/03/07/women_in_military/?source=rss)  Many female soldiers say they are sexually assaulted by their male comrades and can't trust the military to protect them. No rx digestive support dogs "The knife wasn't for the Iraqis, no rx digestive support dogs" says one woman. No rx digestive support dogs "It was for the guys on my own side." As thousands of burned-out soldiers prepare to return to Iraq to fill President Bush's unwelcome call for at least 20, no rx digestive support dogs000 more troops, no rx digestive support dogs I can't help wondering what the women among those troops will have to face. No rx digestive support dogs And I don't mean only the hardships of war, no rx digestive support dogs the killing of civilians, no rx digestive support dogs the bombs and mortars, no rx digestive support dogs the heat and sleeplessness and fear. No rx digestive support dogs I mean from their own comrades -- the men. No rx digestive support dogs I have talked to more than 20 female veterans of the Iraq war in the past few months, no rx digestive support dogs interviewing them for up to 10 hours each for a book I am writing on the topic, no rx digestive support dogs and every one of them said the danger of rape by other soldiers is so widely recognized in Iraq that their officers routinely told them not to go to the latrines or showers without another woman for protection. No rx digestive support dogs The female soldiers who were at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, no rx digestive support dogs for example, no rx digestive support dogs where U.S. No rx digestive support dogs troops go to demobilize, no rx digestive support dogs told me they were warned not to go out at night alone. No rx digestive support dogs "They call Camp Arifjan 'generator city' because it's so loud with generators that even if a woman screams she can't be heard, no rx digestive support dogs" said Abbie Pickett, no rx digestive support dogs 24, no rx digestive support dogs a specialist with the 229th Combat Support Engineering Company who spent 15 months in Iraq from 2004-05. No rx digestive support dogs Yet, no rx digestive support dogs she points out, no rx digestive support dogs this is a base, no rx digestive support dogs where soldiers are supposed to be safe. No rx digestive support dogs Spc. No rx digestive support dogs Mickiela Montoya, no rx digestive support dogs 21, no rx digestive support dogs who was in Iraq with the National Guard in 2005, no rx digestive support dogs took to carrying a knife with her at all times. No rx digestive support dogs "The knife wasn't for the Iraqis, no rx digestive support dogs" she told me. No rx digestive support dogs "It was for the guys on my own side." Comprehensive statistics on the sexual assault of female soldiers in Iraq have not been collected, no rx digestive support dogs but early numbers revealed a problem so bad that former Defense Secretary Donald H. No rx digestive support dogs Rumsfeld ordered a task force in 2004 to investigate. No rx digestive support dogs As a result, no rx digestive support dogs the Defense Department put up a Web site in 2005 designed to clarify that sexual assault is illegal and to help women report it. No rx digestive support dogs It also initiated required classes on sexual assault and harassment. No rx digestive support dogs The military's definition of sexual assault includes "rape; nonconsensual sodomy; unwanted inappropriate sexual contact or fondling; or attempts to commit these acts." Unfortunately, no rx digestive support dogs with a greater number of women serving in Iraq than ever before, no rx digestive support dogs these measures are not keeping women safe. No rx digestive support dogs When you add in the high numbers of war-wrecked soldiers being redeployed, no rx digestive support dogs and the fact that the military is waiving criminal and violent records for more than one in 10 new Army recruits, no rx digestive support dogs the picture for women looks bleak indeed. No rx digestive support dogs Last year, no rx digestive support dogs Col. No rx digestive support dogs Janis Karpinski caused a stir by publicly reporting that in 2003, no rx digestive support dogs three female soldiers had died of dehydration in Iraq, no rx digestive support dogs which can get up to 126 degrees in the summer, no rx digestive support dogs because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. No rx digestive support dogs They were afraid of being raped by male soldiers if they walked to the latrines after dark. No rx digestive support dogs The Army has called her charges unsubstantiated, no rx digestive support dogs but Karpinski told me she sticks by them. No rx digestive support dogs (Karpinski has been a figure of controversy in the military ever since she was demoted from brigadier general for her role as commander of Abu Ghraib. No rx digestive support dogs As the highest-ranking official to lose her job over the torture scandal, no rx digestive support dogs she claims she was scapegoated, no rx digestive support dogs and has become an outspoken critic of the military's treatment of women. No rx digestive support dogs In turn, no rx digestive support dogs the Army has accused her of sour grapes.) "I sat right there when the doctor briefing that information said these women had died in their cots, no rx digestive support dogs" Karpinski told me. No rx digestive support dogs "I also heard the deputy commander tell him not to say anything about it because that would bring attention to the problem." The latrines were far away and unlit, no rx digestive support dogs she explained, no rx digestive support dogs and male soldiers were jumping women who went to them at night, no rx digestive support dogs dragging them into the Port-a-Johns, no rx digestive support dogs and raping or abusing them. No rx digestive support dogs "In that heat, no rx digestive support dogs if you don't hydrate for as many hours as you've been out on duty, no rx digestive support dogs day after day, no rx digestive support dogs you can die." She said the deaths were reported as non-hostile fatalities, no rx digestive support dogs with no further explanation. No rx digestive support dogs Not everyone realizes how different the Iraq war is for women than any other American war in history. No rx digestive support dogs More than 160, no rx digestive support dogs500 American female soldiers have served in Iraq, no rx digestive support dogs Afghanistan and the Middle East since the war began in 2003, no rx digestive support dogs which means one in seven soldiers is a woman. No rx digestive support dogs Women now make up 15 percent of active duty forces, no rx digestive support dogs four times more than in the 1991 Gulf War. No rx digestive support dogs At least 450 women have been wounded in Iraq, no rx digestive support dogs and 71 have died -- more female casualties and deaths than in the Korean, no rx digestive support dogs Vietnam and first Gulf Wars combined. No rx digestive support dogs And women are fighting in combat. No rx digestive support dogs Officially, no rx digestive support dogs the Pentagon prohibits women from serving in ground combat units such as the infantry, no rx digestive support dogs citing their lack of upper-body strength and a reluctance to put girls and mothers in harm's way. No rx digestive support dogs But mention this ban to any female soldier in Iraq and she will scoff. No rx digestive support dogs "Of course we were in combat!" said Laura Naylor, no rx digestive support dogs 25, no rx digestive support dogs who served with the Army Combat Military Police in Baghdad from 2003-04. No rx digestive support dogs "We were interchangeable with the infantry. No rx digestive support dogs They came to our police stations and helped pull security, no rx digestive support dogs and we helped them search houses and search people. No rx digestive support dogs That's how it is in Iraq." Women are fighting in ground combat because there is no choice. No rx digestive support dogs This is a war with no front lines or safe zones, no rx digestive support dogs no hiding from in-flying mortars, no rx digestive support dogs car and roadside bombs, no rx digestive support dogs and not enough soldiers. No rx digestive support dogs As a result, no rx digestive support dogs women are coming home with missing limbs, no rx digestive support dogs mutilating wounds and severe trauma, no rx digestive support dogs just like the men. No rx digestive support dogs All the women I interviewed held dangerous jobs in Iraq. No rx digestive support dogs They drove trucks along bomb-ridden roads, no rx digestive support dogs acted as gunners atop tanks and unarmored vehicles, no rx digestive support dogs raided houses, no rx digestive support dogs guarded prisoners, no rx digestive support dogs rescued the wounded in the midst of battle, no rx digestive support dogs and searched Iraqis at checkpoints. No rx digestive support dogs Some watched their best friends die, no rx digestive support dogs some were wounded, no rx digestive support dogs all saw the death and mutilation of Iraqi children and citizens. No rx digestive support dogs Yet, no rx digestive support dogs despite the equal risks women are taking, no rx digestive support dogs they are still being treated as inferior soldiers and sex toys by many of their male colleagues. No rx digestive support dogs As Pickett told me, no rx digestive support dogs "It's like sending three women to live in a frat house." Rape, no rx digestive support dogs sexual assault and harassment are nothing new to the military. No rx digestive support dogs They were a serious problem for the Women's Army Corps in Vietnam, no rx digestive support dogs and the rapes and sexual hounding of Navy women at Tailhook in 1991 and of Army women at Aberdeen in 1996 became national news. No rx digestive support dogs A 2003 survey of female veterans from Vietnam through the first Gulf War found that 30 percent said they were raped in the military. No rx digestive support dogs A 2004 study of veterans from Vietnam and all the wars since, no rx digestive support dogs who were seeking help for post-traumatic stress disorder, no rx digestive support dogs found that 71 percent of the women said they were sexually assaulted or raped while in the military. No rx digestive support dogs And in a third study, no rx digestive support dogs conducted in 1992-93 with female veterans of the Gulf War and earlier wars, no rx digestive support dogs 90 percent said they had been sexually harassed in the military, no rx digestive support dogs which means anything from being pressured for sex to being relentlessly teased and stared at. No rx digestive support dogs "That's one of the things I hated the most, no rx digestive support dogs" said Caryle García, no rx digestive support dogs 24, no rx digestive support dogs who, no rx digestive support dogs like Naylor, no rx digestive support dogs served with the Combat Military Police in Baghdad from 2003-04. No rx digestive support dogs García was wounded by a roadside bomb, no rx digestive support dogs which knocked her unconscious and filled her with shrapnel. No rx digestive support dogs "You walk into the chow hall and there's a bunch of guys who just stop eating and stare at you. No rx digestive support dogs Every time you bend down, no rx digestive support dogs somebody will say something. No rx digestive support dogs It got to the point where I was afraid to walk past certain people because I didn't want to hear their comments. No rx digestive support dogs It really gets you down." "There are only three kinds of female the men let you be in the military: a bitch, no rx digestive support dogs a ho or a dyke, no rx digestive support dogs" said Montoya, no rx digestive support dogs the soldier who carried a knife for protection. No rx digestive support dogs "This guy out there, no rx digestive support dogs he told me he thinks the military sends women over to give the guys eye candy to keep them sane. No rx digestive support dogs He said in Vietnam they had prostitutes to keep them from going crazy, no rx digestive support dogs but they don't have those in Iraq. No rx digestive support dogs So they have women soldiers instead." Pickett heard the same attitude from her fellow soldiers. No rx digestive support dogs "My engineering company was in the first Gulf War, no rx digestive support dogs and back then it had only two females, no rx digestive support dogs" she said. No rx digestive support dogs "One was labeled a whore because she had a boyfriend, no rx digestive support dogs and the other one was a bitch because she wouldn't sleep around. No rx digestive support dogs And that's how they were still referred to all these years later." In the current Iraq war, no rx digestive support dogs which Pickett spent refueling and driving trucks over the bomb-ridden roads, no rx digestive support dogs she was one of 19 women in a 160-troop unit. No rx digestive support dogs She said the men imported cases of porn, no rx digestive support dogs and talked such filth at the women all the time that she became worn down by it. No rx digestive support dogs "We shouldn't have to think every day, no rx digestive support dogs 'How am I going to go out there and deal with being harassed?'" she said. No rx digestive support dogs "We should just have to think about going out and doing our job." Pickett herself was sexually attacked when she was training in Nicaragua before being deployed to Iraq. No rx digestive support dogs "I was sexually assaulted by a superior officer when I was 19, no rx digestive support dogs but I didn't know where to turn, no rx digestive support dogs so I never reported it, no rx digestive support dogs" she told me. No rx digestive support dogs Jennifer Spranger, no rx digestive support dogs 23, no rx digestive support dogs who was deployed at the beginning of the war with the Military Police to build and guard Camp Bucca, no rx digestive support dogs a prison camp for Iraqis, no rx digestive support dogs had a similar experience. No rx digestive support dogs "My team leader offered me up to $250 for a hand job. No rx digestive support dogs He would always make sure that we were out alone together at the beginning, no rx digestive support dogs and he wouldn't stop pressuring me for sex. No rx digestive support dogs If somebody did that to my daughter I'd want to kill the guy. No rx digestive support dogs But you can't fit in if you make waves about it. No rx digestive support dogs You rat somebody out, no rx digestive support dogs you're screwed. No rx digestive support dogs You're gonna be a loner until they eventually push you out." Spranger and several other women told me the military climate is so severe on whistle-blowers that even they regarded the women who reported rape as incapable traitors. No rx digestive support dogs You have to handle it on your own and shut up, no rx digestive support dogs is how they saw it. No rx digestive support dogs Only on their return home, no rx digestive support dogs with time and distance, no rx digestive support dogs did they become outraged at how much sexual persecution of women goes on. No rx digestive support dogs Having the courage to report a rape is difficult enough for civilians, no rx digestive support dogs where unsympathetic police, no rx digestive support dogs victim-blaming myths, no rx digestive support dogs and simple fear prevent 59 percent of rapes from being reported, no rx digestive support dogs according to the U.S. No rx digestive support dogs Bureau of Justice. No rx digestive support dogs But within the military, no rx digestive support dogs reporting is even more risky. No rx digestive support dogs Military platoons are enclosed, no rx digestive support dogs hierarchical societies, no rx digestive support dogs riddled with gossip, no rx digestive support dogs so any woman who reports a rape has no realistic chance of remaining anonymous. No rx digestive support dogs She will have to face her assailant day after day, no rx digestive support dogs and put up with rumors, no rx digestive support dogs resentment and blame from other soldiers. No rx digestive support dogs Furthermore, no rx digestive support dogs she runs the risk of being punished by her assailant if he is her superior. No rx digestive support dogs These barriers to reporting are so well recognized that even the Defense Department has been scrambling to mend the situation, no rx digestive support dogs at least for the public eye. No rx digestive support dogs It won't go so far as to actually gather statistics on rape and assault in Iraq (it only counts reported rapes in raw numbers for all combat areas in the Middle East combined), no rx digestive support dogs but in 2006 the DOD did finally wake up to the idea that anonymous reporting might help women come forward, no rx digestive support dogs and updated its Web site accordingly. No rx digestive support dogs The Web site looks good, no rx digestive support dogs although some may object that it seems to pay more attention to telling women how to avoid an assault than telling men not to commit one. No rx digestive support dogs It defines rape, no rx digestive support dogs sexual assault and harassment, no rx digestive support dogs and makes clear that these behaviors are illegal. No rx digestive support dogs The site now also explains that a soldier can report a rape anonymously to a special department, no rx digestive support dogs SAPR (Sexual Assault Prevention and Response), no rx digestive support dogs without triggering an official investigation -- a procedure called "restricted reporting." And it promises the soldier a victim's advocate and medical care. No rx digestive support dogs On closer scrutiny, no rx digestive support dogs however, no rx digestive support dogs the picture is less rosy: Only active and federal duty soldiers can go to SAPR for help, no rx digestive support dogs which means that neither inactive reservists nor veterans are eligible; soldiers are encouraged to report rapes to a chaplain, no rx digestive support dogs and chaplains are not trained as rape counselors; if soldiers tell a friend about an assault, no rx digestive support dogs that friend is legally obliged to report it to officials; soldiers must disclose their rank, no rx digestive support dogs gender, no rx digestive support dogs age, no rx digestive support dogs race, no rx digestive support dogs service, no rx digestive support dogs and the date, no rx digestive support dogs time and/or location of the assault, no rx digestive support dogs which in the closed world of a military unit hardly amounts to anonymity; and, no rx digestive support dogs in practice, no rx digestive support dogs since most people in the Army are men, no rx digestive support dogs the soldier will likely find herself reporting her sexual assault to a man -- something rape counselors know does not work. No rx digestive support dogs Worse, no rx digestive support dogs no measures will be taken against the accused assailant unless the victim agrees to stop being anonymous. No rx digestive support dogs The DOD insists on the success of its reforms, no rx digestive support dogs the proof being that the number of reported military sexual assaults rose by 1, no rx digestive support dogs700 from 2004 to a total of 2, no rx digestive support dogs374 in 2005. No rx digestive support dogs "The success of the SAPR program is in direct correlation with the increased numbers of reported sexual assaults, no rx digestive support dogs" Cynthia Smith, no rx digestive support dogs a Defense Department spokeswoman, no rx digestive support dogs wrote to me in an e-mail. No rx digestive support dogs In fact, no rx digestive support dogs as anyone familiar with sexual assault statistics knows, no rx digestive support dogs nobody can ever tell whether increases in rape rates are due to more reporting or more rapes. No rx digestive support dogs My own interviewees and advocates on behalf of women veterans say these reforms are not working. No rx digestive support dogs They say there is a huge gap between what the military promises to do on its Web site and what it does in practice, no rx digestive support dogs and that the traditional view that reporting an assault betrays your fellow soldiers still prevails. No rx digestive support dogs "Are soldiers who report sexual assaults in the military still seen as betraying their comrades?" I asked Smith. No rx digestive support dogs "Our soldiers are being fully trained that sexual assault is the most under-reported crime, no rx digestive support dogs" she wrote in reply. No rx digestive support dogs "In that training, no rx digestive support dogs not reporting a sexual assault is the betrayal to their comrades." Back in real life, no rx digestive support dogs Pickett watched several of her friends try to report sexual harassment and assault since the 2005 reforms, no rx digestive support dogs and she said that none of them were sent a victim's advocate, no rx digestive support dogs a counselor or a chaplain. No rx digestive support dogs "These women are turning perpetrators in and they're not getting anyone to speak on their behalf, no rx digestive support dogs" she told me. No rx digestive support dogs "There's no one sitting in that room with you, no rx digestive support dogs so you're feeling all alone." In the end, no rx digestive support dogs she added, no rx digestive support dogs it boils down to the woman's word vs. No rx digestive support dogs the man's, no rx digestive support dogs and he is the one with the advocate, no rx digestive support dogs not her. No rx digestive support dogs Meanwhile, no rx digestive support dogs the studies I have cited, no rx digestive support dogs along with the other past and present studies of veterans, no rx digestive support dogs who feel freer to talk than soldiers because they are out of the military, no rx digestive support dogs show that women soldiers are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder as a consequence of military sexual abuse. No rx digestive support dogs All soldiers with PTSD come home to some combination of sleeplessness, no rx digestive support dogs nightmares, no rx digestive support dogs bursts of temper, no rx digestive support dogs flashbacks, no rx digestive support dogs panic attacks, no rx digestive support dogs fear and an inability to cope with everyday life. No rx digestive support dogs They often turn to drugs or alcohol for escape. No rx digestive support dogs Some become depressed, no rx digestive support dogs others commit suicide. No rx digestive support dogs Many are too emotionally numb to relate to their families or children. No rx digestive support dogs But those who have been sexually assaulted also lose their self-respect, no rx digestive support dogs feel they have lost control over their lives, no rx digestive support dogs and are particularly prone to self-destruction. No rx digestive support dogs I have yet to meet an Iraq war veteran of either sex who does not suffer from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, no rx digestive support dogs but officially the number of Iraq veterans with PTSD is estimated to be about 30 percent for those newly back from war, no rx digestive support dogs according to a 2004 study of combat veterans in the New England Journal of Medicine. No rx digestive support dogs The extent and severity of PTSD in women who have had to cope with both combat and sexual assault in Iraq is still being studied, no rx digestive support dogs but as it is known that these are two of the highest predictors of PTSD, no rx digestive support dogs it is logical to assume that the combination is pretty bad. No rx digestive support dogs "When you are sexually assaulted by people who are your comrades, no rx digestive support dogs PTSD can be worse than in other circumstances, no rx digestive support dogs" said Paula Shnurr, no rx digestive support dogs a research professor of psychiatry who conducted a new Veterans Administration study of therapy for women veterans with PTSD, no rx digestive support dogs published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. No rx digestive support dogs "You feel incompetent and helpless, no rx digestive support dogs like children feel when abused by the very people who are supposed to look after them, no rx digestive support dogs" Schnurr told me. No rx digestive support dogs "The people you depend on have attacked you." I am not claiming that sexual persecution is universal in the military, no rx digestive support dogs or that it is inevitable. No rx digestive support dogs Several soldiers I interviewed told me that if a commander won't tolerate the mistreatment of women, no rx digestive support dogs it will not happen, no rx digestive support dogs and studies back this up. No rx digestive support dogs Jennifer Hogg, no rx digestive support dogs 22, no rx digestive support dogs who was a sergeant in the Army's National Guard, no rx digestive support dogs said her company treated her well because she had a commander who wouldn't permit the mistreatment of women. No rx digestive support dogs But another National Guard soldier, no rx digestive support dogs Demond Mullins, no rx digestive support dogs 25, no rx digestive support dogs who served with the infantry in Iraq for a year from 2004-05, no rx digestive support dogs told me that a commander in his camp turned a blind eye to rape all the time. No rx digestive support dogs "Rapes were happening every night, no rx digestive support dogs" he said. No rx digestive support dogs "One time a woman was taking a shower late, no rx digestive support dogs and guys went and held the door closed so she couldn't get out, no rx digestive support dogs while the others went in to rape her. No rx digestive support dogs Married men were doing it, no rx digestive support dogs everyone." Some commanders not only turn a blind eye to assault and harassment but engage in it themselves, no rx digestive support dogs a phenomenon known in the military as "command rape." Because the military is hierarchical, no rx digestive support dogs and because soldiers are trained to obey and never question their superiors, no rx digestive support dogs men of rank can assault their juniors with impunity. No rx digestive support dogs In most cases, no rx digestive support dogs women soldiers are the juniors, no rx digestive support dogs 18 to 20 year old, no rx digestive support dogs and are new to the military and war, no rx digestive support dogs thus vulnerable to bullying and exploitation. No rx digestive support dogs Callie Wight, no rx digestive support dogs a psychosocial counselor in women veterans' health in Los Angeles, no rx digestive support dogs has been treating women who were sexually assaulted in the military for the past 11 years. No rx digestive support dogs In all that time, no rx digestive support dogs she told me, no rx digestive support dogs she has only seen a handful of cases where a woman reported an assault to her commander with any success in getting the assailant punished. No rx digestive support dogs "Most commanders dismiss it, no rx digestive support dogs" she said. No rx digestive support dogs A nine-month study of military rape by the Denver Post in 2003 found that nearly 5, no rx digestive support dogs000 accused military sex offenders had avoided prosecution since 1992. No rx digestive support dogs At the moment, no rx digestive support dogs the most shocking case of military sexual assault is that of Army Spc. No rx digestive support dogs Suzanne Swift, no rx digestive support dogs 21, no rx digestive support dogs who served in Iraq in 2004. No rx digestive support dogs Swift was coerced into sex by one commanding officer, no rx digestive support dogs which is legally defined as rape by the military, no rx digestive support dogs and harassed by two others before she finally broke rank and told. No rx digestive support dogs As a result, no rx digestive support dogs the other soldiers treated her like a traitor for months. No rx digestive support dogs Unable to face returning to the assailant, no rx digestive support dogs she went AWOL during a leave at home, no rx digestive support dogs and was arrested and put in jail for desertion. No rx digestive support dogs At first the Army offered her a deal: It would reduce her punishment if Swift would sign a statement saying that she had never been raped. No rx digestive support dogs She refused, no rx digestive support dogs saying she wouldn't let the Army force her to lie. No rx digestive support dogs The Army court-martialed Swift, no rx digestive support dogs and stripped her of her rank. No rx digestive support dogs She spent December in prison and was then sent to Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert, no rx digestive support dogs far away from her family. No rx digestive support dogs She must stay in the Army for two more years, no rx digestive support dogs and may face redeployment. No rx digestive support dogs The men who assaulted her received nothing but reprimanding letters. No rx digestive support dogs Swift's mother, no rx digestive support dogs Sara Rich, no rx digestive support dogs has set up a Web site with a petition calling for her daughter's release: More than 6, no rx digestive support dogs700 veterans and soldiers have signed it, no rx digestive support dogs and 102 of them signed their names to stories of their own sexual persecution in the military. No rx digestive support dogs Swift's case, no rx digestive support dogs and those of her petitioners, no rx digestive support dogs illustrate the real attitude of the military toward women and sexual assault, no rx digestive support dogs the one that underlies its fancy Web site and claims that it supports soldiers who've been raped. No rx digestive support dogs The real attitude is this: If you tell, no rx digestive support dogs you are going to get punished. No rx digestive support dogs The assailant, no rx digestive support dogs meanwhile, no rx digestive support dogs will go free. No rx digestive support dogs Which brings up an issue that lies at the core of every soldier's heart: comradeship. No rx digestive support dogs It is for their comrades that soldiers enlist and reenlist. No rx digestive support dogs It is for their "battle buddies" that they risk their lives and put up with all the miseries of sandstorms, no rx digestive support dogs polluted water, no rx digestive support dogs lack of sanitation, no rx digestive support dogs and danger. No rx digestive support dogs Soldiers go back to Iraq, no rx digestive support dogs even if they've turned against the war, no rx digestive support dogs so as not to let their buddies down. No rx digestive support dogs Comradeship is what gets men through war, no rx digestive support dogs and is what has always got men through war. No rx digestive support dogs You protect your battle buddy, no rx digestive support dogs and your battle buddy protects you. No rx digestive support dogs As an Iraq veteran put it to me, no rx digestive support dogs "There's nobody you love like you love a person who's willing to take a bullet for you." So how does this work for women? A few find buddies among the other women in their squads, no rx digestive support dogs but for most there are no other women, no rx digestive support dogs so their battle buddies are men. No rx digestive support dogs Some of these men are trustworthy. No rx digestive support dogs Many are not. No rx digestive support dogs How can a man who pressures you for sex every day, no rx digestive support dogs who treats you like a prostitute, no rx digestive support dogs who threatens or punishes you if you refuse him, no rx digestive support dogs or who actually attacks you, no rx digestive support dogs be counted on to watch your back in battle? "Battle buddy bullshit, no rx digestive support dogs" said Garcéa from the Military Police. No rx digestive support dogs "I didn't trust anybody in my company after a few months. No rx digestive support dogs I saw so many girls get screwed over, no rx digestive support dogs the sexual harassment. No rx digestive support dogs I didn't trust anybody and I still don't." If this is a result of the way women are treated in the military, no rx digestive support dogs where does it leave them when it comes to battle camaraderie? I asked soldier after soldier this, no rx digestive support dogs and they all gave me the same answer: Alone.