Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War was a nonfiction account of the experiences of three women who joined the National Guard and were deployed overseas post 9/11. Michelle, Desma, and Debbie all led rather aimless lives and found comfort in the routine the National Guard provided. Like so many other recruits, the women were drawn to the free college tuition, not the opportunity to serve their country. After the events of 9/11 the people in the National Guard were unexpectedly called to active duty and deployed overseas.
Their experiences in basic training was probably the most interesting part of the book. Since women were not permitted to hold positions that saw direct combat, Michelle and Desma repaired AK-47s, while Debbie served food to soldiers. Although the jobs were important, the book had a very different feel to it than others that relayed a man’s experiences, such as No Easy Day. Because the women didn’t see combat, their stories revolved how they spent their time on base, which mainly consisted of drinking, having sex, and running amok.
As far as the sexual harassment they experiences, it was about what I expected. Some men called them names, grabbed them, and worked hard to get them out of the army. Still others, were their friends and deeply respected and encouraged them.
As far as the writing style, this was too heavy with content to really be enjoyable. I just didn’t think it was necessary to have every single thing in their lives included in the book, especially since the author focused on three women.
This was a mildly interesting, but I had different expectations.