By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Bullets spewed from the M240 machine gun's barrel so fast that it was practically spitting flames.
Nine times each year, the best young combat engineers and soldiers are selected by their commands to attend the 28-day Sapper Leader Course, widely regarded as one of the Army's toughest schools. Since the Army in mid-May allowed female soldiers to serve in combat support jobs below the brigade level, a few women have undertaken the course.
"Sapper," he said to her, "get over there."
"Everyone was looking to us for us to faint or pass out at the sight of the blood, but we were just sitting there smiling," Capt. Armstrong said. "The rabbit's not bad. ... The chicken is disgusting, because once you rip its head off, the nerves twitch really bad, and the blood just kind of goes everywhere."