By Amanda Cowell
Best Defense guest
What I would say to those women is this: We are the women
who longed for this day and wanted it for ourselves.
So, when the raw skin on your feet breaks and your boots
slowly begin to slosh with blood during that 20-mile ruck march, we will be with you.
When you have intentionally over-packed your ruck just to
prove you can carry the weight and then have to have your battle buddy pull
your hair into a bun for you because you can't lift your arms, we will be with you.
When it finally hits you that you will never be able to
stop trying to be twice as good, twice as funny, twice as smart, twice as fast,
twice as strong, or twice as hard as every man around you, we will be with you.
When you climb that rope, when you go another day without
sleep, when you don't think you can run that last mile, when you are hungry,
when you are injured, and when you make mistakes, we will be with you.
And the day you realize that it is actually possible to
pee into an empty water bottle without a penis ... well, we won't be there for
that one, but you can tell us about it later.
I can't WAIT to see you kick some ass.
Cowell served in the active-duty Army and Army
Reserve from 2002 to 2010, during which she did two deployments to Iraq with
the 101st Airborne Division in military intelligence. She currently is living
in Ohio and working as a stay-at-home mom.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Catie D. Edwards