Skip to comments.The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women
Posted on 07/07/2014 6:32:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards.
And here's where things stand in the Marines.
Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an infantry training course last fall at Camp Lejeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. That course lasted eight weeks, and the men and women all completed the same training.
Now the Marines have a more ambitious plan that will take a new group of volunteers from the deserts to the beaches to the mountains during the next year.
More than 160 women will be taking part in a training exercise that will start this summer that will stretch well into next year. It will include simulated combat exercises in the Mojave Desert, Pacific Coast beaches and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
The Marines will march with 100-pound packs, mount an attack that will include tanks, then dig a defensive position. They'll practice pulling a wounded Marine to safety. They'll crawl over obstacles. Climb mountains and cliffs....
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I had the impression that the exercise was a colossal failure.
Was I wrong?
just don’t believe those women are carrying 100# backpacks or that they will be carrying them any time in the future for any length of time - these are not big women in the picture- All the best to ‘em!
It will succeed because it has to succeed.
The women in the pic are carrying 55# packs but the article talks 100# packs. It looks like a puff piece to me.
If you can’t pass the final obstacle course at Parris Island on you own, you don’t deserve to be in the Marine infantry. Upper body strength is mandatory. What’s a quick force Marine unit carrying 100lb packs for anyway. BS.
I could not see anyone volunteering to put their lives on the line for the current commander in chief
“is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards.”
Why is there an imperative to open combat jobs to women? What actual benefit to the military could be procured from this effort? None. Its social engineering.
The idea is not to create a group of warrior women. It is not to create amazon fighters who will be as effective as the men.
There is one purpose and only one purpose to the exercise. It is the undermine and ultimately destroy the effectiveness of what is now the best fighting force in the world. It is to create a situation where good marines get killed or injured and are put in positions where they are compromised.
Just as Obama invited the parents of a deserter to be honored in the White House this is meant to undermine our military and weaken America.
Every time a courageous marine is killed or injured liberal Democrats in America cheer and celebrate. It is what they want.
Marine Infantry Officer Course.
None of the female officers they’ve sent to the infantry officers course have completed it. But the ones on the enlisted side have done quite well so far.
That’s strange. I distinctly remember reading that none of the women had passed the course.
they may be 55# packs but I would bet you money there isn’t 55# in the packs - Puff on Marines - sorry you had to go over to the Other Side.
That makes sense. I think the officer course is more physically demanding.
Other side? Read the caption under the pic.
that’s what I read, too - let the misinformation fly!
Yep. The Marine Corps has its orders.
The Other Side - I realize the Marines must do this by edict, I just wish they would have held out and said No to it. Not their fault, I realize.
You can bet the Marines at the Chosin reservoir weren’t carrying 55# packs trying to evade our most favored trading partner. (sic) I opened the door for an old Korean vet the other day, he said thank you young man. Normally I wouldn’t let this slide, but he put a grin on my face this time.
The pusification of our Military is embarrassing.