One thing is sure. The culture of any group will trump any plan any leader has. The only way to make substantial change in any group is to change the culture.br /br /Over 1000 candidates graduated from the Baghdad Police College on 9 Nov. They included 50 females—the very first female officers in history. Appropriately, the women had to meet the same standards as the men; 27 of these new officers had been to law school; many are mothers who must balance motherhood and a job, but all are trained and ready to go.br /br /Iraqi Maj. Gen. Dr. Jassim, dir. of the BPC, said he was especially proud of these young female officers. “This course was a most daring step,” he said. “This was very difficult training, and these women performed to the same high standards that we set for our male officers.”br /Congratulations, ladies. I’m sure you know that your future will be difficult as the culture hasn’t yet been changed—you are the vanguard.