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On the Newsstand: Not Your Average Desk Job


I'll admit, I took Women's Health to the gym last night for a little break from the news. After all, surely the StairMaster should be a spin-free zone – right? I'm glad I chose the mag I did, because I stumbled across this moving article: Four Women in Iraq — Not Your Average Desk Job.

Fresh from all of the news, protests, and analysis of the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war, the true stories of these brave women probably made me the only one tearing up while doing cardio. There's a story of one woman who lost a limb in battle, a woman who served as a military police officer in Abu Ghirab, and this passage from Maj. Josie Hobbs:

You know the old saying "To whom much is given, much is required"? There was a lot expected of me. And I learned that there is absolutely, positively nothing I can't do. I had soldiers spread out all over, and I had to travel to see them. Sometimes it meant riding in a Humvee, knowing the roads were laden with [mines]. Thank God none of my guys died. That's the commander's ultimate goal: to get her soldiers back home. I brought all mine back.

It's stories like this that really provide perspective, and make you realize that the civilian version of "Embracing the Suck" (according to the article, a service term that means " the situation is bad, deal with it") absolutely pales in comparison.

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