If you watch TV football, you must have seen the Army's "Promises Kept" spot a zillion times. You know the one--coming out of class, a young co-ed tells a male student that she used to be in Airborne. The commercial ends with the kid awed: "You used to jump out of airplanes?"
But are women zooming to their neighborhood recruiting offices wanting to be Army flygirls?
Well, said Lt. Col. John Cullen, an Army advertising public affairs spokesman in Chicago, a 1986 survey showed that not one enlistee--female or male--listed Airborne as their reason for joining. But since the Army has only one such division--the 82nd Airborne--opportunities are limited.
Of 14,000 assignments in the 82nd, most are infantry-related, leaving few open to women since, by law, women are forbidden to serve in the infantry. There are only 135 women in the Airborne, each of whom is required to make one jump a month.
Boasted Maj. Mike Nason, public affairs officer for the 82nd at Ft. Bragg, N.C.: "The division never has trouble filling a position. We fill it in a heartbeat. When they re-enlist--both men and women--the 82nd is a sought-after assignment."