Examining How the Army Markets Its Women

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A specialist recommends the Army use pictures of average women in the media.

The site Politico claims this is part of an internal e-mail sent in the Army, from a colonel who is trying to find a way to integrate women into combat roles.

She said if a photo shows a woman with makeup on while being deployed, this may undermine the rest of the message behind the picture.

Shannon Peebles is a student a James Madison University.

When she's not studying, she is training to go to the Army.

Peebles said in her ROTC program no one is given special treatment because of their looks.

She also said she hopes a picture doesn't deter someone from joining.

"I hope someone's motivation for joining the military is stronger than one picture or one certain perspective of the military," said Peeble.

The e-mail also states that showing pictures of women soldiers with mud on their face sends a different message.

It portrays women are willing to do the dirty work to get the job done.

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