Marines assigned to Female Engagement Teams describe the different cultures they interact with and why as women, they can establish a special rapport and sense of trust with the female Afghans they meet.
I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.
Marine 2nd Lieutenant Clifton B. Cates, 96th Co., 19 July 1918, 10:45 a.m., from records of the U.S. 2nd Division (Regular)