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Women to attend Marines' infantry school
News Blogs CNN ^ | April 19, 2012 |

Posted on 04/19/2012 1:29:43 PM PDT by robowombat

Women to attend Marines' infantry school [Updated at 1:04 p.m. ET] The U.S. Marine Corps plans to allow a yet-undetermined number of female volunteers to enroll in the school that trains its infantry combat officers, the Marine Corps Times has reported.

The plan to open the Infantry Officers Course to women is part of the service's effort to determine which additional jobs may be open to women in the future, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marines' assistant commandant, told the Marine Corps Times.

"We are in the process right now of soliciting volunteers," Dunford told the Times for a story published Wednesday.

Enlisted women also eventually will have a chance to take infantry training, Dunford told the Times, which reported that it wasn't yet clear what path the women who complete the training would follow.

The decision to open the school to female volunteers is part of a research plan implemented after Congress directed the Marines to review their policies on assigning women to ground combat elements, Capt. Kevin Schultz, a Marines spokesman, told CNN on Thursday.

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To: Clock King
The VAST majority of women do NOT want to crawl in the mud and hunt and kill people.

You are, of course, a woman who is speaking for women.

41 posted on 04/19/2012 11:51:09 PM PDT by Jeff Gordon (Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: robowombat

I have lost a hell of a lot of respect for the U.S. military, and I am a vet.

The government seems to corrupt nearly everything.

The Secret Service corruption fiasco is off the charts and beyond disturbing. It’s a perfect example of what has happened to government at every level.

42 posted on 04/20/2012 12:04:57 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2
Kessler has a longish story about the problems within the Secret Service. He depicts an organization that is run by managers that are primarily motivated by achieving the goals and objectives of their annual appraisals. So what is new one might say? What is new in the last 20-30 years is the institutionalization of the Senior Executive Service management model which is quasi botomline driven by achieving certain metrics that frequently are focused on Delmore tasks with level staffing or frequently less staffing. The management culture of much of fed land has come to resemble a large mediocre business conglomerate. The top managers are oriented to competing for the significant bonus payments received for meeting the various management metrics they negotiate at the start of each
rating year. Loyalty to mission or personnel take a negligible position compared to manipulating statistics and rushing to sign your organization up for what ever the latest management craze is that the bureau chief is excited about. Kessler paints the current Director of the Secret Service as a man willing to swallow reduced staffing levels and reduced budgets while demanding his staff put in more and more hours on often silly and pointless bureaucratic exercises. This sort of ‘pretend to do what is necessary to check the boxes’ mindset is inherently corrupting and produces rank and file personnel who display a crassly cynical and thoroughly jaded and exhausted and psychologically depleted persona. This is the sort of internal institutional corruption that rotted the former Soviet Union. In the end few believed in anything and all knew that they were continually being sacrificed or the ambitions or caprices of those above them.

This is the reality of what is spreading through the national government and the armed forces are far from being uncompromised.

43 posted on 04/20/2012 12:50:36 PM PDT by robowombat
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