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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Whatever You Do, Don't Enlist!

I have been fortunate to have been asked to post my baby picture by the esteemed scholars of the American Patriot Institute.This photo of me was taken back in 1968 when I completed basic training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama.

Like so many young people today, I enlisted to escape my situation after high school. I signed up to get out of an abusive home and to get some training as I had no prospects for employment. Many young men and women today are enlisting because there is no work in the depressed areas in which they live. Don't enlist until the direction of the United States Military is changed entirely from one of global aggression to one that wields diplomacy as it's weapon of choice.

Thank you to the Resident Scholars of the American Patriot Institute for inviting me to join their ranks. I am honored and will serve with you in this cause to the best of my ability........but remember, I'm not a nurse.

Kitchen Window Woman


Blogger Spadoman said...

I was drafted in April, 1968. Welcome to the American Patriot Institute. Now send that picture of your basic training graduation to Deuddersun so he can post it with the rest of us pretty ones.

I'll be back to check out your site. I am indeed anxious to hear the woman's perspective as well as another servicepersons perspective.

I invite you, at the risk of being a "blog whore", to visit my Peace Blog and/or my other blog.

My word verification is:

Must be Rap Queen, what's up wit dat?

May Peace prevail on the Sacred Earth Mother.

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Gordon said...

Welcome from one of the 'esteamed skollars'. There are a lot of women Vets and I think they sort of get forgotten, so I'm glad you're aboard.

6:42 PM  
Anonymous scroff said...

What a doll! Sure you want to be seen with the likes of us?

7:43 PM  
Anonymous scroff said...

BTW, this was a great post. There are several websites dedicated to alternatives to military service and others for conscientious objectors...


There are more, but these are a good start...

8:41 PM  
Blogger moderate said...

Welcome Aboard, Lady...you do us all proud!

4:17 AM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

Welcome Aboard Soldier.


11:03 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

I'm afraid that they may try to reinstate the draft considering their plans for the assault on Iran. It's going to be another bolix and they are going to want boots on the ground and we all know that Bush and Co. don't want to fight their own battles.

I went to your Peace site last night just before my turn on the computer was up. I will return for a longer visit when time permits.

Thank you for welcoming me. There are many women vets out there including several former officers who are contributing to the anti-war effort. I would put their names here but without looking at them I would be sure to misspell them. I'll try to do that later on.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Hey you guys aren't so bad and I am real happy that you are all out there trying to stop this mess. That is what heroism is all about.

I'm glad that are several groups active in discouraging young people from signing their lives away. From what I have been reading this intervention is having positive results. I am so glad!

I am planning to write a post questioning just who or what our current military is serving.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Moderate and Deuddersun...

Thank you. I promise I will do my best.

11:53 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Fellow Resident Scholars I must ask assist in putting the pictures and the eagle(?) in my side bar. I am an artistic sort so am somewhat technologically impaired. I know how to copy and paste into my template but don't know how to do fancier stuff. Where do I get the code and so on. Thanks.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Gordon said...

KWW, see if this helps:

Find the image at one of the blogs
Right click on it
Click on 'properties'
Copy 'location'
Paste it where you want it

That works on lotsa ...er, stuff. Damn, now I gotta watch my language...;)

1:46 PM  
Anonymous scroff said...

Hmmm... do you use old blogger or new? In new blogger, open the editor, click on "Add a Page Element" on the left, then click on "Picture", then paste the url you got from Gordon's instructions next to "From the web" (make sure the circle is selected), then add a caption or title if you want, check shrink to fit, then "save changes"... then you can move it to where you want it by dragging it up or down the list... if you need more help I'd be glad to do it for you...

8:31 PM  
Anonymous scroff said...


4:02 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Gorden and Scoff...
My brilliant daughter did the tech stuff. I was getting messed up. I have the new blogger except I have not done the customize bit. I tried on Monday and freaked out because I didn't quite understand how I was supposed to put all of the changes I had made back. So I reverted to the classic template. I think I'll wait until I have a custom 3 column designed and have him do it all. I write better than I tech.

Anyway, I am really jazzed that the photos are all clickable to links!

5:19 PM  
Anonymous c0y0te said...

That's a fly photo KWW :)


10:55 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

It is great to see you back-obviously I haven't been paying attention :)

Various pics of me in uniform exist-but believe it or not, I possess none myself. Weird huh? :)

11:48 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thank you fine Sir. Hope all is well on your side of the pond.

JollyRoger...Good to hear from you. I haven't been paying as much attention, either - I have been in and out since last fall. Life kept intervening between me and blogging. I will always handle what is happening here at home first and sometimes I burn myself out and can't think to write or take in more information. So I guess I have to learn to pace myself better.

Where did your photos go? What branch of service?

7:06 PM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

The Army, of course-it only took me a couple of weeks to regret not joining the Air Force when I got the opportunity to join a work detail on a AFB. McGuire and Dix were side by side.

Photos of me in uniform were had mostly by my parents-if I kept any of them myself I don't know what I did with them.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous SGT Little Keefe (Patricia Keefe) said...

I, too went to basic training in Ft. McClellan, AL but I finished in 1967, was assigned to Ft. Ord, CA and 9 months later, I was assigned to 1st Logistics Command at Long Binh, Vietnam.

I am against the war over in Iraq, but not against the soldiers and would never treat them the way we were treated in 1969 upon returning to "the world". I was spit on in the rest room of the airport in New York city and called a "baby killer". I respect the soldiers and what they are trying to accomplish in Iraq, but our government won't let them, just as how it was in RVN, we would be being fired upon and we could not fire back without prior autorization and we woman even faired worse, we were not allowed to brandish a weapon to save our souls. I told my commanding officer, "With all due respect, ma'am, if fired upon I will take my chances with a court marshal, when told if I picked up a weapon, I would be court marshaled.

9:32 PM  

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