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“Covert Combat Sex”

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U.S. soldiers with the 82nd Airborne re-enlist for another tour, Baghdad, 2009.

Laura Cannon, a 2001 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who served in Iraq following the 2003 U.S. invasion, takes issue with the U.S. military’s General Order No. 1, prohibiting sex at West Point (“cadets engage one another in the parking lot, behind Battle Monument and in sports equipment rooms, among other places,” she notes). And, while we’re at it, in war zones, too:

I had no idea that a combat zone would be such a sexually charged environment. Blame it on amped-up testosterone pouring out of aggressive, athletic men. Or blame it on combat stripping even the strongest of men and women down to their core, raw emotions. Combine that with forming special bonds with comrades who promise to do whatever it takes to ensure your safe return home, including sacrificing their life for yours. What do you think happens? Let me tell you, covert combat sex (or in my case, hard-core making out, because I was too scared to go “All-In”) ranks high on the list of life’s thrills.

Cannon (where do military types get such names?) blogs at WarVirgin.com. Read her full column from Sunday’s Washington Post here.

44 comments
chelseamydear1
chelseamydear1 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Finally, someone else honest enough to admit some of the fraternization that goes on in a combat zone. I served in GW1 in a reservist medical unit, so just to let you know, we're not dealing with teenagers here. I was told our average age was mid-thirties, but truly, many behaved like high schoolers on the field trip from hell. If spouses only knew half of what went on, they would petition congress to end this insanity. I heard from Army people that the same things-and worse-were happening in their units. Yes, you can sit and judge that it's unprofessional and unethical,etc. but it was a reality.

j7
j7 like.author.displayName 1 Like

Sex sells, just as it sold this article. 

Just so you will know in the future, anywhere there are willing participants, THERE WILL BE SEX!!!


However, in a Combat situation, it may get you and your buddies killed!!!

nosceteipsum
nosceteipsum

Right.... and this news.....how? Really. 


MikeHelbick
MikeHelbick

The "feel-good" tone of this article ignores the fact that one out of three women report being sexually assaulted in the military, especially in combat zones.  That is the reality of the "amped-up testosterone pouring out of aggressive, athletic men."  Far from being an orgy of pleasure with care-free romps in the closet, military bases are places of fear and abuse for female soldiers.  Check out the film, "The Invisible War" for more info.

mslulu
mslulu

I was kind of thinking this must be happening in the miltary now that men and women are together.  I mean you are all bunked up together and you are in the worst conditions, you can only rely on each other.  So they help each other out just so they can survive. I mean who can blame them at all.  At least they are willing to bring this out though.  I appreciate this girl's honesty in telling the true story.  Always like to hear what's 'really' going on.

Hibernia86
Hibernia86

I agree with Jason below. Testosterone gets blamed for everything nowadays. Women have sex too. Stop blaming the guys.

JasonDStanfield
JasonDStanfield

"Blame it on amped-up testosterone pouring out of aggressive, athletic men"  let me just say, having been in the navy, that it is not just men looking for sex... the woman are quite equal in this regard.. but thankyou for you sexist outlook.

or are you just saying that the women only went along with it due to-, "stripping even the strongest (sic) women down to their core, raw emotions"

what a joke of an article.

Dood
Dood

@JasonDStanfield Exactly, because only men get horny.  Where's the women's Lib movement?  Take responsibility for your actions, ladies, or should I say, Ho's.

j7
j7

@Dood @JasonDStanfield, It's guys like you Doadwho have no respect for women. You would screw one of those "Ho's" wouldn't you. You would probably rape one as well. Probably already have. Since your mom had to get sexy to have you, U guess she is a "HO's" too, huh?

JasonDStanfield
JasonDStanfield

WOW... J7.... funny how women get aggresive when there behaviour is pointed out...
i did not say they were HO's.... i dont think wanting to have sex  makes anybody a HO.
if you take money for sex then maybe. 
but throwing around insults after having given you my experience with Navy Women,
kinda proves my point... anything men can do women can also do, but geneally get away with it.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Hey TIME Magazine,

Is this really newsworthy, or does an article like this belong in Maxim or Playboy?

Get your head out of the gutter, and start behaving again like a professional news source.

Best Regards, 

A Very Concerned Reader

Leftonomous
Leftonomous

This comes as no surprise. As a veteran myself, I can attest to the desire to have sex even in the battlefield. This is because we are human; we always want to have sex. I understand why the military would want to crack down on promiscuity. Increased sex leads to increased pregnancies, and pregnancies are expensive and cost manpower. Women can't be deployed while pregnant and there's a big drain all around from all the expenses that come with having a child. Especially when these costs go right to Uncle Sam. The only problem is you can't stop people from having sex anymore then you can stop Mexican immigrants from crossing the border. There's lots of places to do it and if you stop them one day they'll just try again the next.

r3mote
r3mote

@Leftonomous maybe they should institute mandatory birth control if pregnancy and loss of deployment is the biggest issue.

Leftonomous
Leftonomous

@r3mote @Leftonomous I wouldn't call it the biggest issue but it definitely is worth noting. the problem there is you can't force someone to take a pill they don't want. Plus, there's all the negative side effects that come with it. 

RebekahHavrilla
RebekahHavrilla

@FooBar@Leftonomous@r3moteYeah until the implantable device fails... nothing is completely fail proof... That being said, it would still be beneficial to have access to long term BC.

FooBar
FooBar

@Leftonomous @r3mote There are implantable birth control devices that have the same effect as the pill for up to five years.  It's a trivial procedure to implant or remove them.

eyebeam
eyebeam like.author.displayName 1 Like

@Leftonomous Pregnancy is a concern now, but sex between soldiers was frowned upon long before women were in the service. The main reason has always been that emotional entanglements between soldiers can cause jealousy, and prevent soldiers from carrying out their duties impartially. There's also the issue of officers using their position to coerce those in their command into sexual relationships. It's more about group cohesion.

SanMann
SanMann like.author.displayName 1 Like

Is this some kind of stealth recruitment ad?


"Join the military! Have lots of sex! Being on the frontline was never so fun!"

t1oracle
t1oracle

@SanMann don't give them ideas. The sense of disillusionment already hits recruits hard enough...

JoshuaAnderson
JoshuaAnderson

no way. people having sex in combat zones? no way.

fookalah
fookalah

when i was in the australian army  the charge  was called homosexuality if you got caught.  thankfully my   girl and i never did get caught but  boy we had fun.

SwiftrightRight
SwiftrightRight

"Cannon (where do military types get such names?)"

Well Mr Mark Thomspon this may come as a shock but women in the military get their names from the same place as the rest of us, they are given a name at birth from their parents which with few exceptions stays with them for life. Women traditionally take their spouses last name when they marry.

yeahright
yeahright

@SwiftrightRight His comment had nothing to do with women or men. He was making a joke about a person in the military having such a military-type name. Like Gunn, Cannon, or Major (when Specialist Major gets promoted to Sergeant, hilarity ensues).

kells1001
kells1001

Unfortunately this could also be about power and protection guise d as consensual sex.  She forgot the office and the biographer sex.

ChuckDoofé
ChuckDoofé like.author.displayName 1 Like

That was hot. I can't wait to do some "hardcore making out" with a female Marine or two if we're still sending guys to Afghanistan by the time I commission.

joeberman334
joeberman334 like.author.displayName 1 Like

@ChuckDoofé probably not the best idea to be broadcasting your intention to fraternize on the internet

c.doussou
c.doussou like.author.displayName 1 Like

this article backfires on all the real women who truly want to serve their country and try hard to maintain an image of integrity and respect. 

yeahright
yeahright

@c.doussou Does this article not also backfire on the "real" men who want to serve their country? Or is it somehow only affecting the integrity of the women involved? Interesting.

eyebeam
eyebeam like.author.displayName 1 Like

@c.doussou Are you saying that women who have sex are not "real women?" What does that mean?

Jay_in_Austin
Jay_in_Austin like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

@c.doussou ...ah..."REAL" women?  So it's okay for girls who aren't "REAL" to screw around because a "REAL" girl would never, never, never do that?  Oh, you poor little ... thing.  

JoeBoyum
JoeBoyum like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Actions contrary to good order and discipline.  And they want gender integration in combat units?  And homosexuals?  Glad I was in the army where you could 'Be All that You can Be'.  And that did not mean hot man on man action or banging your ranger buddy in the field.

darksiad
darksiad like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

@JoeBoyum What are you talking about? Gays have been serving in the military long before DADT. In fact, you probably served along side of them and didn't even know it, because they didn't want to tell a gay-basher like you. I bet you were one of those ball-gazers back in basic training anyways.

t1oracle
t1oracle like.author.displayName 1 Like

@darksiad @JoeBoyum bi-curiosity is more prevalent than men like to admit. If you read history you'll find that many ancient armies had no shortage of man boy love. Then again they were also allowed to rape prisoners. Now that we are more civilized these things are prohibited, but still happen.

I think less sex is a good thing for the military, especially since most are married. Shorter deployments is a much better solution than more sex.

ithinktoomuch
ithinktoomuch like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

@JoeBoyum That's what YOU think. There's plenty of man-on-man action going on in all branches of the services. Always has been, always will be. You were just never invited to the funnest parties.

RobertHarvey-Kinsey
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Was that in the future because it has never been true in the present or past.

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