Instead of separating the sexes for part of their training, the Marine Corps is considering completely integrating female combat training with male recruits.
What is overwhelming about this story about the Marines and female combat training is how much pressure that branch of the Armed Services has been put under by Congress. They’re even condemned as “hostile to women” for asking to not have to integrate. No one mentions that the Marines might be doing so because of their mission to defend the United States.
The local CBS Miami station reports, “Marines Looking at Plan to Put Women in Male-Only Combat Training.”
The U.S. Marine Corps are looking at plans to let women attend a historically male-only combat training as they work to combat the recurring problems with sexism and other behaviors among Marines, Marine Corps officials said.[…]
Marine leaders have come under persistent criticism from members of Congress because the Corps is the only military service to separate men and women for portions of their boot camp. And only the Marine Corps allows half of its recruits to go through initial training without any female colleagues.
Marines have argued that the separation from the men is needed so the women can become more physically competitive before joining their male counterparts.[…]
But Marine Corps officials are now suggesting that training half of their recruits on the West Coast with no females in their units could be contributing to some of the disciplinary problems they’ve had. Giving the male Marines greater exposure to females during training could foster better relations and greater respect over time, some have suggested.
Over the last several years, Marine leaders have battled persistent accusations that the Corps is hostile to women. The Marines were the only service to formally request an exception when the Pentagon moved to allow women to serve in all combat jobs. That request was denied in late 2015 by then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
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