During a course at Keesler Air Force Base, R. Van was called by an Air Force major to discuss a matter that required “delicacy” involving a girl and a bra.
About Captain R. Van
Reinetta Van explores identity and historical perspective issues in hybrid forms. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The War Horse and Wrath-Bearing Tree, plus anthologies Sisters in Arms: Lessons We’ve Learned and Things We Carry Still: Poems and Micro-Stories About Military Gear. Contact her at CaptainVanUSNavy@gmail.com to comment or order a copy of Sisters in Arms: Lessons We’ve Learned.
Entries by Captain R. Van
Her fate was sealed before she even stepped off the plane. They were not going to let a female line officer tell them what to do.
Here I was in my company commander’s office as he again pressured me to quit. It seemed like the universe was against me becoming a naval officer.
This was “Old Navy,” with its emphasis on secrecy, drinking, and sexually disparaging language and acts. But it sure was fun.