How the US military can become a ‘band of brothers and sisters’

Even before she moved to Israel, Minnesota-born Cpl. Arrielle Werner was certain she possessed what it took to fight on the front lines.

“I realized that I couldn’t be the passive Minnesotan,” said the 21-year-old member of Israel’s majority female Caracal Battalion, a combat unit which patrols the volatile border with Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. “I knew this was the place for me. My friends back in the States are shocked … now I’m the wild combat soldier.”

The self-described “peace keeper of the family” said she is prepared to “give everything” on the battlefield.

That’s the sort of gung-ho attitude that military brass appreciate in any soldier — but it isn’t an attitude many expect from a woman.

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