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Female Engagement Teams: The Changing Face of the US Marines

Female Engagement Teams: The Changing Face of the US Marines


Mary Walker:
We’re actually
changing people’s lives. We actually have a hand in
what is going on over there, and we can do great things. ♪♪ (music playing) ♪♪ Sheena Adams:
The Female Engagement Team
is about a company size. And what we do is we go out with
battalions of males out into Helmand Province,
Afghanistan, and we engage with the community. Jill Biden:
They create relationships
with the women in Afghanistan, and they’re an
important part of it. And we’ve never heard the
voice before of the women in Afghanistan. Mary Walker:
Because of the
culture over there, our men are only allowed to
talk to 49% of the population. And as women, we’re allowed
to talk to the other 51%. Jamie Isaacson:
The biggest difference
in concept that we have is that we can go
beyond, you know, the compounds and inside and
talk to these women, you know, without any barriers. Angela Nelson:
The FET line has changed the
role of women by getting them outside, getting them
interacting with the populace. Sheena Adams:
I don’t like to be
considered anything different, a marine is a marine. But we are still able to do
something by cultural aspects in Afghanistan that
males aren’t able to do. Jill Biden:
They help women with
the things like all American women are
concerned about. They do a lot of health care. They help women start businesses
so that they become independent. They help with
schools and education. Sheena Adams:
Starting a school from
scratch, you think, oh, you need a teacher
and a building. There’s so much more you
need to do when you do that. And our teams help
to facilitate that. And we get the district governor
or the district community council, we get them involved
in it and they take pride in it. And all they have is a notebook
and a teacher saying their alphabet, and they go every
day and they want to learn. Angela Nelson:
Went into the city of Ruppa, we
took an English-speaking doctor who was actually born in
Iraq but had lived in France, and we brought her back into
the country and secured a hospital for her. She came in and provided
some basic medical care, some basic hygiene for the women
and children to try and let them know that these are some
things that we can do for you. Jamie Isaacson:
This is every day. You’re trying to
build up, you know, this country that’s war torn
and women’s rights are not even acknowledged in the
case of even being seen. Mary Walker:
We kind of found this
hidden talent that we didn’t know we had before. So it’s kind of a big deal. Jill Biden:
These women are a whole
new generation of pioneers. This is something that
really we’ve not seen before in the military. Sheena Adams:
Afghanistan is not the
only place we can use it. There’s other places where
culture sensitivity matters. Angela Nelson:
You get a bunch of
women in the same room, no matter what
country you’re from, and you’re going to talk about
things and you’re going to get that different story that a male
soldier talking to a male leader in that village is
not going to give you. Jamie Isaacson:
It’s a very big step for women
in all military branches. Sheena Adams:
It is everything I ever
wanted when I joined. I love being a part of the
FETS and I train them now. Angela Nelson:
I got to looking at
a lot of the pictures and there was this one little
boy and he had put his head on my medical pack. And he’s just laying there
like this, and it’s just, you know that they looked
up to us at that moment. They knew that we were there
to do good things for them.

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