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ISBN: 0965857808
Author: Beth F. Coye
Language: English
Publisher: Cedar Hollow Press; 1st edition (November 1, 1997)
Pages: 432
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: LGBT
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 929
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Comdr Coye in My Navy Too has written and assembled a powerful, entertaining and disturbing study of gender and sexuality discrimination in novel form

My Navy Too, the story of one woman's career in the . Comdr Coye in My Navy Too has written and assembled a powerful, entertaining and disturbing study of gender and sexuality discrimination in novel form. The approach permits her keen intelligence to shine with humor and entertainment. The protagonist could be of any different color, religion, gender, nationality, culture or sexuality; the premise is the same.

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Anthony Bear and Christy Chapman are from two completely different worlds. My family has secrets. I’m always the good girl, doing what’s necessary to keep my loved ones safe. Anthony's the leader of a motorcycle gang that terrorizes Florida’s West Coast. I've kept the darkest secrets from everyone I know. As painful as it is to hold them all inside where they live and gnaw away at me, that’s where they must stay. I haven't seen my closest childhood friend, Christian Bear, since I was a teenager-he hasn't changed a bit. He’s still temperamental and plays by his own rules with the law following two steps behind him. Christian remembers me.

Coye, Beth F. My Navy Too. Ashland, Or. Cedar Hollow Press, 1997. The book was written with the assistance of Vice Admiral Duke Bayne, . When assessing how the . Navy, or any other branch of the armed services, should respond to changes in society at large, it is important to keep in mind that the . military exists not simply to defend a piece of geography-it also exists to defend a way of life. Navy (Retired); Navy submarine commander Captain Jim Bush (Retired); his wife, Dr. Patricia Bush; social worker Kitty Clark; and Lieutenant Commander Sandra Snodderly, .

My tribute to John McCain, from one Navy Jr. to another, appears in Military Times today.

Commander Beth F. Coye, . My tribute to John McCain, from one Navy Jr.

Taking interest in this, Beth spent most of her time with her father since her mother was a factory worker. During the small time she saw her mother, Beth was taught how to sew and made her own clothing.

Beth Coye appears in the following . Commander Beth Coye, author of My Navy Too, discusses how gay women in the military are affected by the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Beth Coye appears in the following: DADT Repealed. Monday, December 20, 2010. Commander Beth Coye, former naval officer and author of My Navy Too, reacts to the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy affecting gay servicemen and women. Gay Women & DADT. Thursday, February 04, 2010.

My Navy Too, the story of one woman's career in the U.S. Navy, is painted against a backdrop of the drama of the nineteen sixties and seventies -- the Vietnam War, the women's movement, and the confusion of the Cold War, and later, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" policy debate. While Vietnam runs its tragic course, Tucker Fairfield fights within the navy for women's rights and equality against her most implacable foe, "Big Daddy Navy." Tucker's communications with her mentor and friends and journal reveal a complex amalgam of human interactions and conflicts yet to be resolved within today's society.

Now is the right time for a book like My Navy Too. Who can better tell the story of women in the military -- the challenges they face, the traditions they try to understand, and the equality they seek -- than someone who has "been there, done that?" Movies such as "G.I. Jane" tell a part of the story; My Navy Too dots the "I's" and crosses the "T's."

Every day we see headlines about rules and regulations in the military and how they are applied to members of the armed services. Are the regulations which held sway for more than 100 years relevant today? Do they need to be changed to reflect changing attitudes about women, minorities, gays and lesbians in the military? This novel, while fiction, is solidly grounded in the military as it exists today. Tucker Fairfield -- an involved, intelligent woman -- faces challenges, obstacles, love, and "Big Daddy Navy" as her career as a naval officer advances. Her story will make you ache, cringe, and, most importantly, THINK about your own feelings,fears, and beliefs. This is not light reading. This book addresses sensitive and hurtful issues, but in a way that is both balanced and penetrating. It's probably the most balanced presentation of the sensitive political issues surrounding women, minorities, gays and lesbians in the military that has ever been offered to the reading public.

"My Navy Too couldn't come at a better time...In the end, the resolution will have to do with profound values that touch us all. This is a courageous book." Brad Knickerbocker, senior editor for the Christian Science Monitor, former correspondent and naval aviator.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse (OR-D) calls it an account that is both political and personal. "I was fascinated by this book and think it should be required reading for women and men who are entering the Navy or any other service."

"This book is strong and has good bones...My Navy Too is a splendid, sometimes astonishing read..." says Darrelle Novak Cavan, professor emeritus, communications, Mt. San Antonio College, California.

Comments:

Daigrel
Excellent! A well-written and thought-provoking fact-based story about the U.S. Navy leadership's resistance to incorporating women as equals. The perspective is that of a lesbian woman's experiences with the Navy's distrust of women and rampant policy of homophobia. It is presented as a compilation of diary entries and letters to (and from) family and friends over her 27 year career, beginning in 1960.
Tucker Fairfield, the narrator, is a Navy Junior - that is, the child of a Regular Navy officer. She has always had high regard for the Navy. Her exposure to Navy brass while traveling billet to billet with her Admiral father has created a strong desire to serve.
Tucker is accepted into the WAVES Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. From the very first, her strong liberal feelings put her at odds with Navy policies and regulations. As a WAVE officer, she also finds herself inwardly rebelling against the chauvinistic attitudes expressed through both Navy regulations and many of the male officers she meets or with whom she serves. She is denied well-earned plum postings repeatedly simply because she is a woman..
In addition to her struggles with the Navy's distrust of women in the military, Tucker must deal with extreme homophobia. The story shows through her common workday daily experiences how homophobia (including the current Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy) insidiously damages rather than strengthens the establishment. There is tremendous mental stress generated by hiding an integral part of oneself from everyone around you. It is particularly difficult when you must also enforce homophobic regulations against good employees - in this case, WAVE sailors. If our military (and our country) was not so brutally homophobic - i.e., GLBT people had no fear of outing - the typical "security risk" rationale for disallowing their full participation would disintegrate into nothingness.
The book demonstrates inconsistencies between "Official Policy" and local Command attitudes and enforcement. Many commands were more interested in achieving their goals than enforcing regulations. Several commands are described as accepting and protecting their gay and lesbian personnel because of their excellent performance.
Over time, Tucker finds herself increasingly more uncomfortable hiding her attraction for certain women she meets and works with. After suppressing these feelings for years - and attempting to develop similar feelings for male associates - she accepts that she is lesbian. She enters surreptitiously into intimate relationships with women she meets in her work. But the strain of hiding this VERY IMPORTANT part of her life is too much. When she is tagged for promotion to Captain, she recognizes her need for a secure and open personal life. Instead of accepting the promotion, she resigns.
This is insightful, intelligent book that should make all readers think. I recommend it highly.
Andronrad
I approached My Navy Too differently than most readers because I was a WorldWar II submarine skipper as was the author's Father, RADM Jack Coye; I knew the author as a young lady, and followed her career. In addition, I know two of the co-authors, and had an opportunity to comment upon a draft of the text. Thus, I had some trouble reading the book as a novel since I viewed it as a biographical document with much meat for thought and discussion. Of course, the sexual orientation was a major element in the book, and is of importance today because the services have not yet fully come to grips with the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. As we read, we wonder whether Tucker's career and her attitude would have changed if she had been born ten years later--which would have given her the option of attending the Naval Academy with the first class of women in 1976. Further, she would have been in theservice when the decision to permit women on board combatant ships, and indeed, to give them command. The other aspects of the book may be more significant to the service reader, and to the general public as well. These include the many foreign policy matters that Buck and Tucker discuss, and actually introduce as Navy policy now and again. Leadership comes in for a full measure of discussion both in many incidents in which Tucker is instigator or on the receiving end. Buck and Tom both talk leadership from long experience, and much of what they have to say is valuable in today's military. The epistolary approach to the book is not unique, but it is unusual. In this case, it was effective, with Tucker's "For the record" diary providing continuity. I found it odd that the team Tucker assembled never met face to face, even though there were several opportunities such as her assumption of command in Hawaii, and her retirement ceremony there, too. In sum, I think "My Navy Too" is a book that should get wide distribution within the Navy, and the other services as well; and should be an educational experience to anyone who cares about our military today, and the problems it faces retaining qualified officers and men in the face of rigorous schedules and declining resources.
Maucage
Highly readable account of the trials and triumphs women have been experiencing in the U.S. Navy in the last 40 years. The book is written as a series of letters that follow the chronology of personal, professional, political, and social events between friends, family and colleagues. This method of writing allows the reader to see many facets of the events that unfold. The letters in the book were written by different authors and this lends authentic personal style and perspective to the stories. I came away caring about the people, understanding better the navy way of life, and empathizing with the dilemmas of the main character, Tucker. One comes to understand her honor of the navy and thus feels as she does the betrayal by the enduring chauvinism, fear, and short-sightedness. Highly recommended!!
Vishura
I enjoyed the historical perspective of reading about female officers a decade before I came along. The unique letter format of this book is well done and easy to follow, if a bit too long. But the whiny attitude got to me. It seems the protagonist spent her whole career thinking about her future and running to her admiral buddy for help. She also slams naval aviators. For those interested in learning about the next generation of female Navy officers, my memoir, "Navy Greenshirt: A Leader Made, Not Born," offers a different perspective. "My Navy Too" does not represent all women officers.

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