1 Jennifer Terry (2009) helpfully elaborates some of the historical and biopoliti-
cal coordinates of this position by thinking through the example of Claudia
Carrenon, a Mexican-born member of the U.S. National Guard who sustained a
traumatic brain injury in Iraq after enlisting in 2000 in the hopes of achieving U.S.
2 Dawn Halfaker is featured in the hbo documentary produced by James Gan-
dolfini, Alive Day (Alpert and Goosenberg 2007). Her comments powerfully
convey her unresolved struggles around the possibilities of motherhood that,
I think, might form an important point of departure for an exploration of these
3 See, for example, Kirby Dick’s Oscar-nominated documentary The Invisible War
(2012). The problematization of military sexual trauma relies on a gendered
distinction of male service members raping and sexually assaulting female service
members. On male-male rape in the military and the ways this violent configu-
ration of gendered bodies is understood to occupy an exceptional place in the
military, see Belkin 2008.
4 “Patterns in Conflict: Civilians Are Now the Target,” unicef, accessed August 1,
1 All names are pseudonyms. Where it did not compromise the significance of
events, I have changed other details, such as soldiers’ home states.
2 The principal off-post housing facility that had been used for “single soldiers” was
the notoriously fetid Building 18, across the street from Walter Reed’s main gate,
which the military rented for this purpose. It had been closed following the
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