I got to thinking, who invented cargo pants? I know I saw them on boys’ fasnions for years, and thought maybe they were an urban sort of design. Then I thought, didn’t the US Army wear them? I looked on Wikipedia and they originated with the British Armed Forced (1938!) and were called “battle dress”. The pockets were intended for bandages and maps. They were in the USA by the mid-40’s. Our US Paratroopers used the pockets to hold extra K-rations and ammo. Nowadays, in urban settings, they can be used to take some extra food with you instead of having to carry it in a sack.
Two female soldiers will graduate from the Army’s grueling Ranger School on Friday, becoming the first women to ever complete what is considered one of the U.S. military’s most difficult and premier courses to develop elite fighters and leaders, a senior Army official said.
The accomplishment marks a major breakthrough for women in the armed services at a time when each of the military branches is required to examine how to integrate women into jobs like infantryman in which they have never been allowed to serve. But even as the two new female graduates will be the first women allowed to wear the prestigious Ranger Tab on their uniforms, they still are not allowed to try out for the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, a Special Operations force that remains closed to women and has its own separate, exhausting requirements and training.
A chapbook of poetry from the Vietnam War.
Terrorists are coming into the United States across the Southern Borders. They’re being assisted by the drug cartels and others. When the fanatics begin suicide bombings in shopping malls, one man forges the clues into links that form an escalating chain of terror.
The enigmatic Frost, a former Special Operations soldier, knows that soon, Americans will be confronted by a weapon of mass destruction—aimed at its heartland business and trading center—Chicago.
Only he and his team stand between the terrorists and the death of thousands.