You may have seen this video clip over the past few days of the 70’s & 80’s era rock band Cheap Trick being literally blown off the stage at a music fest up in Ottawa, Canada…..
Brings a new meaning to the term “bringing the house down”….
Anyway, you ever notice how many great bands came out of that same time period as Cheap Trick…Boston, Kansas, Styx and many others. One of the best songs, IMHO, from Cheap Trick in the teen anthem “Surrender”…a song written to show how a (then) young baby boomer discovers and realizes his WWII generation parents aren’t as uncool as they seem. In the song these lines appear…
Father says, "Your mother's right, she's really up on things."
"Before we married, Mommy served in the WACS in the Philippines."
Now, I had heard the WACS recruited old maids for the war.
But mommy isn't one of those, I've known her all these years.
The WACS? The Women’s Army Corps was formed in 1943 as an auxiliary to the Army to allow women to serve in positions in the military to support the war effort. The members underwent paramilitary training, wore uniforms, obtained rank and in many cases served along side of regular US Army units. Their contributions were not without sacrifice as many were seen as “old maids” as the song depicts and also as a challenge to the male status quo in the military. Believe it or not, the WACS existed until 1978 when they were officially absorbed into the regular Army with all of its occupational specialties merged with those of the Army.
Anyone who tells you that women have no place in the military hasn’t seen the women I have seen in the Army. Sure, physically there are differences in general that make some females less capable of doing some occupational fields, but that does not mean that their fighting spirit is any less than their male counterparts. I personally have known some female soldiers that could kick the living crap of some of my male soldier friends. Sure there are some females that are a pain in the ass to serve with, but there are many more males that I can say the same about. Back when I went from Infantry to Admin I admittedly had a chip on my shoulder about females in uniform. That changed quickly when I became aware that my female supervisor was one squared away troop and could run both an office and her own own home, all at the same time. She taught me that just because a Y chromosome is tossed here or there doesn’t indicate what a soldier is capable of, thanks Shirley.
WACS at a train station during WWII, destination unknown…
Bottom line, today females serve on the front lines in the war against terrorists. They are fighting and dying to protect and serve our nation and our way of life. Anyone who doubts what they are capable of is truly missing the big picture…thank you ladies….past, present and future.
And here is Cheap Trick from their epic Budokan concert in ‘78…