Armed Forces: Annie Get Your Gun

Under new Pentagon rules, females will be permitted to fly combat planes and serve on warships at sea

At the infamous 1991 Tailhook convention in Las Vegas, when male Navy officers and reservists were not assaulting frightened women or drinking from the navels of cooperative ones, they took part in a series of professional seminars. A female naval officer asked a panelist at one such session when women would be permitted to fly combat airplanes. Her question drew hisses and boos and the call "We don't want women!" from the audience. The senior officer on the panel, an admiral, treated it as a joke by ducking under the table.

Female officers insisted those assaults and jeers at Tailhook were...

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