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By Doug Gillert
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 3, 1998 Women in uniform are integral to the telling of military history, and fortunately, service women receive their due on the Internet.
Perhaps most service women are familiar with the new Women in Military Service for America Memorial on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, here. The foundation behind this site's development hosts a site on the World Wide Web at http://www.wimsa.org. The site contains information about the memorial and instructions for becoming a foundation member.
However, much of this site is still under construction, meaning you can't yet access what eventually should be some useful and interesting information. For example, you can't yet visit the kid's page, educator's page or a section on history.
If, on the other hand, you just want to see what others have to say about their experiences as women in uniform, visit the Military Woman Home Page. At http://www.MilitaryWoman.org/, you'll find first-person vignettes about "A Day in the Life of a Military Woman," posted by date and presumably updated as new submissions arrive.
Warning: These brief exposes submitted by women serving now or having served in the past aren't always positive, but they raise real issues; for example, "port-a-potty" visits in a bivouac and gender-divided tasks preceding an IG inspection. They also address more serious issues such as domestic violence and rape.
Many of the essays, however, cover issues without a gender tie -- they are the kinds of things that occur for anyone in uniform, based on rank. So guys, don't get your boxer shorts in a knot; check out this site.
This site also provides updates on legislation of interest to military women, veterans issues such as post traumatic stress disorder, and health issues, including research trends on osteoporosis.
If you're a woman in uniform or a friend/relative of one, the Military Woman Home Page should interest you.
One other site worth visiting comes from Michigan State University, but with the decidedly non-academic name of "Minerva." You have to be a student of women's military history to know that the name is derived from the helmeted, golden-hair Roman goddess of war and wisdom. 'Nough said, I suppose -- for would-be goddesses and the wise. Minerva's on call at http://220.127.116.11/MinervaCenter/. For a quick review of the site's offerings, click on "frequently asked questions."
And here's a question for you: This time last year, I wrote about women's sites on the Internet but lamented the absence of sites dedicated to military women. I asked for readers' help and got pointed to Minerva and Military Woman. Are there others I have missed and you'd like to share with readers? Let me know and I will publish the addresses in a future column.
Questions or comments? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Joint Ethics Regulation (DOD 550.7-R, section 2-301) spells out legal and illegal use of federal communications resources while on the job. In general, the restrictions that guide office telephone use also govern Internet use. See your supervisor or local computer policy experts for details.