Who is Col. Jeannie Flynn Leavitt?
Col. Leavitt, 46, is a decorated pilot, who has logged more than 2,700
hours, 300 in combat over Iraq and Afghanistan, dropping bombs on enemy
targets and avoiding enemy fire (ABC News - Oct. 10, 2012).
Combat threats to Col, Leavitt were just as real as
the threats to her wingman. I think it's safe to assume that the
enemy did not consider Col. Leavitt's gender, when trying to kill her.
For that reason, I'm sure she did not train for less of a fight than did
her male counterparts.
Why then do some shooting instructors insist that
gender based classes should be the norm for women? Why do they
feel that women need less training to protect themselves in the Wal-Mart
parking lot (apologies to Wal-Mart)? The motivation for gender
based training matters less than the realization of the fact that such
training is often inadequate.
I'll grant that gender enters into the equation, but
only at the level at which the bad guy selects his victim. A 2009
report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed that of 652,660
violent crimes analyzed, more than 551,500 had been committed against
If she is to have a chance of winning a fight, how
violently a woman fights, and her ability to employ effective fighting
techniques must measure up to, or exceed, the level of methods utilized
by her male counterpart. Training should prepare women to fight at
a 100% level. Women should learn to fight at a level that ensures
a win - nothing less. No part of a woman's training should
receive less emphasis because of her gender.
And, what about equipment? I can't count the
times I've heard the Kimber toting husband at the range tell me all
about the "... neat, new .32 caliber 'pocket-rocket' that I just bought
my wife." I guess, if we can accept less than effective training,
it's not a big leap to think women don't need real guns either.
I'll bet Col, Leavitt's F15 Strike Eagle was fully
One Rule: WIN
How do you win? Train like your life depends on
it; it might.