Skip to comments.A Marine's story: Women set up to fail USMC’s most grueling test
Posted on 04/21/2014 12:00:08 PM PDT by kingattax
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At a petite 53, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps.
Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And thats why, Santangelo told On the Radar, she didnt have a fair shot at passing the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course.
It was an awesome opportunity for me to be able to try the course, and an opportunity for me to learn what the ground combat element does and how I can support them in the future, and how to become a better leader in the Marines overall, Santangelo said of the Marines Infantry Officer course, which she failed out of on the first day.
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Nobody likes a whiner Sage...
Well, it is a bad idea.
On the other hand, Women in a combat deployable MOS who don’t deploy to combat is an even worse idea. They take up billets that otherwise allow combat troops to de-stress between combat tours.
There is a way for women to successfully to complete elite military training (Marine Infantry, SEALS, Rangers, Air Force Combat Controllers, etc.). We merely need to lower those standards.
Most people may believe it but to say so in public is still considered heresy.
Can this 5’-3” shrimp carry a wounded man over her shoulder? A man that was likely hurt while instinctively trying to protect her worthless butt? We have truly stepped through the looking glass here.
So is she saying God “set her up to fail?” Because He’s the one who made her fundamentally different from men. There is no way she will ever be qualified to be rifle platoon commander.
But I will change my opinion when she can take a 912 pound 37 mm anti tank gun and throw it up on top of a seven foot seawall to take out a couple of pillboxes. That’s what the Marines did at Tarawa.
Maybe she can also claim the enemy “set her up to fail.”
One woman our Marines won’t have to take into combat.
Thank God for small favors.
I wonder how Israel handles it. Good thing to research.
Men are the disposable sex. Almost any number of men can be killed in combat, without affecting the population of the next generation. The same cannot be said for young women killed in combat (or any other cause).
Because its all about her, not about the mission, capability, sheer ability to commit violence.
Its about her and being fair.
Yes. One of the top snipers in WW2 was a Russian woman.
She looks like a short, plump and butch Milla Jovovich.
As long as the test isn’t dumbed down for “equality reasons” I don’t care who passes it.
They were set up to fail this test when they were born. Most of them, anyway.
Physically, woman are equal to men and would do fine in combat situations. If you don’t believe me, go watch Wonder Woman and Laura Croft. And if that doesn’t convince you, watch a few episodes of “Power Puff Girls.” /sarc
Lady, nothing stopped you from practicing extra chin-ups just because you trained with the women.
Like you said, 26 men failed with you. You are 63 INCHES TALL! I doubt many 5’3” men make it through either.
I’m glad that you don’t want the Marines to lower its standards. But wanting the Marines to spend very finite resources on making women meet the standards is not the best way for the Marines to accomplish its highest objectives either.
This woman isn’t seeking to become a sniper.