Lived Through This

Sweaty Concepts: On Being a Woman in the U.S. Army

Finding my voice as a woman and veteran

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When I was 25, I enlisted in the U.S. Army. During basic training, I wrote “It is a privilege to be oneself” in my journal. I scribbled those words under incredible physical and emotional distress, stripped of all indicators and standards of selfhood…