The eighties welcomed a wide array of novelties, many destined to be eradicated after 1989: the mullet, leg-warmers, Miami Vice, and worse, fluorescent clothing to name a few. This era of strong social and political conservatism also witnessed the wake of the Iran-Contras scandal, the continuance of Cold War-related political games and an upholding of the long-standing regime of restrictions for females in the military. Women’s inegibility for combat became an established policy endorsed by Congress, a sacrosanct canon legitimated by several Presidential Recommendations, one which made any attempt at proving women otherwise fit for warfare an uphill battle.
This site introduces a female who may or may not have transcended the rather limited expectations set forth by her commanders as early as 1985. What if, as the first female to have been given U.S. Army brigade command wisely pointed out, women could do anything they are trained for, including perhaps a tour of duty in a Special Operations unit?
We would rather let you envision the possibilities by taking you back in time, right when 1985 happened.
Dive in, double time.
Enjoy the trip.
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