pagadan (pagadan) wrote,

Book review: Cracking the Camouflage Ceiling

Cracking the Camouflage Ceiling: Faith Persistence and Progress in the Army Chaplaincy During the Early Integration of Women in the Military (Paperback) by Chaplain (Colonel) Janet Yarlott Horton US Army (Ret)

Hawthorne Publishing (2017)

Janet Horton was one of the first women chaplains in the military, and she had to cope with hostility and harassment. She dealt with the military mindset and fellow chaplains, and she persevered with strength--and spiritual support. This is not a strictly chronological book, though it begins with the historical background of chaplains in America and ends with the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11 (photos of the Pentagon are included) and her retirement, along with her thoughts about her journey.

She covers the ongoing resistance to women chaplains, sexual harassment, rape, and other issues. At one point--and this was at the Pentagon earlier--after a series of incidents, she asked if "... someone was giving all the men testosterone shots at the door." She dealt with ethical issues and women's uniforms. She realized skirts weren't practical after the helicopter incident and switched to pants; she had a Korean tailor (she was in Korea at the time) design the pants to match her jacket She had to get an accommodation, and this helped other service women too.

Fascinating historical background. We've come a long way, and yet... Worth reading though sometimes annoying and unbelievable what women endured. I was impressed by what she accomplished. She retired as a colonel in the US Army, but there's more to her career than that. She helped make changes and hopes to see more in the future. (See the Afterword.) The book includes a glossary of military terms and color photos and a drawing of the Pentagon layout...
Tags: history, non-fiction
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