The Navy’s USS Gabrielle Giffords and the Future of Work

 “As equipment breaks, [sailors] are required to fix it without any training,” a Defense Department Test and Evaluation employee told Congress. “Those are not my words. Those are the words of the sailors who were doing the best they could to try to accomplish the missions we gave them in testing.” The intentionally small crew size made the ship ill-suited to forward combat, because not enough people were on board to stand watch.

These results were, perhaps, predictable given the Navy’s initial, full-throttle approach to minimal manning—and are an object lesson on the dangers of embracing any radical concept without thinking hard enough about the downsides.

The Navy’s USS Gabrielle Giffords and the Future of Work – The Atlantic

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Military: Sex assault victims are likely young, on large bases & ships

The report found commonalities among victims, and where they are assigned by the military, that continue today. For example, the factors that put victims at high risk of sexual assault – youth, not being married, and having lower rank – correspond to their assignment to large training bases and ships.

…”A large proportion of all sexual assaults occur at a relatively few large installations for each of the services,” according to the report. “The Army and Marine Corps, for instance, each have installations where we estimate there were more than 500 sexual assaults of women and men in 2014.”

Military: Sex assault victims are likely young, on large bases, ships

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Meet the gallant all-black American female battalion that served in Europe during World War II

Meet the gallant all-black American female battalion that served in Europe during World War II – Face2Face Africa

A wee bit of credibility was compromised with the assertion that the first women to dress up as men so they could serve were in the American Civil War but still, an interesting bit of history.