Hillary Clinton’s Marine Corps Story Doesn’t Add Up

Hillary Clinton’s Marine Corps Story Doesn’t Add Up

Hillary Clinton’s Marine Corps Story Doesn’t Add Up

Military service is in my blood. My father was a 3-Star General in the U.S. Air Force, my uncle a 3-Star General in the Army. Both are highly decorated Vietnam veterans. My father-in-law, a decorated Korean and Vietnam War veteran, retired as a Colonel in the Marine Corps. My husband is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a retired Colonel from the Marine Corps Reserves who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. From a young age, the high calling of wearing the uniform surrounded me.

When I graduated from college, I decided to serve too. I was first recruited for the Marine Corps in the fall of 1975, right when Hillary Clinton claims to have wanted to join the Marines. I began Officer Candidate School with Company C in Quantico, Virginia the next year. It was the first female class required to do everything that men did, which led to being featured on the cover of Life Magazine. Although a medical issue kept me from completing my training and becoming a Marine officer, my experience doesn’t jibe with the yarn which Hillary Clinton has been selling for years on the campaign trail and is now the subject of renewed scrutiny.

First, some context. In the wake of the Vietnam War, the United States military was having difficulty recruiting individuals for service. The draft had ended and the United States was shifting to an all-volunteer force. To boost numbers, the military began to recruit from nontraditional sources, and made it easier than ever for women to join. In spite of these realities, Hillary Clinton claims that the recruiter she talked to immediately dismissed her from consideration because she was told “you’re too old, you can’t see, and you’re a woman.

 

Read full story: http://townhall.com/columnists/susanhutchison/2015/11/30/i-was-a-woman-i...