Carrying Her Weight
Retired marine squad leader Amy McGrath once had a male junior officer complain about the weapon he was carrying. So she showed him how it’s done.
AMY MCGRATH: We were out in the field, and it was my turn to be a squad leader. So that means I carry a smaller type of weapon than somebody else in my squad. There was another Marine who, I gave the squad automatic weapon, which is a larger machine gun. It's heavier, and he just complained. And I got frustrated.
And I said, well, I don't want to take your complaints. So give me the heavier weapon. And he got angry with me and said, "well, no. I'm not going to do that." And I said, "no, no. I'm on the squad leader. I'm tired of this complaining. Give it to me." And I think that that was a pivotal moment for me at that school, because people could look at me and say yeah, she's willing to carry not only her own load, but others' loads in order to be a leader.