Here's How The Marine Corps Will Take The Next Step Toward Integrating Women Into Combat
the Pentagon seeks to integrate women into combat capacities in the coming years, the Marine Corps has been experimenting with running women through its existing combat training regimens.
For more than a year, the
And as the Corps continues to grapple with women in its Infantry Officer's Course, it announced this summer that it would begin allowing women to try the enlisted equivalent - the School of Infantry. The Marines, however, stated that even if women were able to successfully complete the 60-day course, they would not be granted access to the field.
There was also some debate about where the women would come from. Could any female enlisted Marine of any rank in any occupational field raise her hand and seek to enroll in SOI? The answer is no, Dan Lamothe at the Marine Corps Times has learned.
The women who will attempt to pass through the School of Infantry will entirely be made up of recent graduates from
Limiting the participants to newly-minted Marines is smart for a couple of reasons. First, they're generally in better physical condition than Marines who have been in the fleet for a couple of years, having just completed a pretty grueling 13-week training program. Secondly, it will be less disruptive to their careers, not pulling a higher ranking Marine away from her unit for a two month experiment.
The first Marines, who will all be privates and privates first class, will begin training next week. They all volunteered, Lamothe writes.
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