Marines Combine Female and Male Platoons in Coed Boot Camp – A First for the Corps:
They said it would never happen, but for the first time in Marine Corp history male and female platoons will be combined and work shoulder-to-shoulder, arm-in-arm, and in the closest of quarters during boot camp.
Although women have been enlisting and an integral part of the Marines for a long time (since 1918), the tradition of male-only military operations was changed forever in 2016 when Defense Secretary Ash Carter declared females would begin taking part in all military operations – even including combat.
CUT TO: In the current year, 92 women are members of the Marine Corps combat arms, and will be rising fast under new regulations which include coed boot camp training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina. These recruits are going to be asked to lay down their lives for the one next to them and they have to be ready to do so.
Many Marine Veterans (once a Marine, always a Marine, btw) are not exactly thrilled with the new politically-correct instructions from the contemporary drill Sargent in the video below:
HOPE NO ONE IS OFFENDED BY THIS VIDEO:
These are the first words that you will hear from your senior drill instructor during boot camp.Credit: AiirSource Military – www.youtube.com/AiirSource
Posted by Blunt Kommunity on Saturday, July 7, 2018
Now, can we get a group hug?
The Marine Corps has definitely changed. Imagine just 20 years ago, a drill instructor mentioning TWICE to rat out officers or recruits if they feel insulted or offended? This is not the way you win a war – this sounds more like sensitivity training. Brings to mind a joke my nephew – stationed at 29 Palms – told me:
“What’s the difference between the USMC and the Boy Scouts ‘? ….. The Boy Scouts have adult leadership!” I’m kind of curious whether there’s a safe space in the barracks?
The U.S. Marine Corps is the only branch that still separates males and females during training, however, it seems like it could be changing. Up until now, men and woman were kept separate from each other for obvious reasons, however this year, male and female Marines will get the chance to live and train together.
“On January 5, 2019, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, will start their training cycle with one female platoon and five male platoons,” the Marine Corps said in a statement. About the same ratio as TGIF on the weekends.
Female battalions will still be led by female drill instructors but the women will live in the barracks with the males. What could go wrong you ask? Well, this: Hundreds, perhaps thousands of Marines are in deep trouble after allegedly swapping nude pics of female recruits, service members and veterans without their consent on a private Facebook Page dedicated to the subject.
Thousands of other web pages devoted to scantily-clad, buxom Marines and guns, sexual misconduct.. you get the picture. According to reports, some of the photos were shared consensually while many were intended to be private.
The Daily News was at least dainty about it:
Veteran Thomas Brennan, first exposed the sick posts on the Marines United Facebook group. The photo swaps started just weeks after the first Marine infantry unit took in women recruits. According to the reports, one Marine followed a woman corporal and photographed her as she picked up gear. Those photos ended up on the Facebook page and drew dozens of explicit comments, with users writing that they wanted to “pound her” and videotape it.
Some of the photos appeared to have been taken by the women and shared consensually, but were intended to be private, the reports said. Women who spoke with War Horse said they believed the racy pics were either leaked by former partners, or stolen by stalkers or hackers.
Is this how you win a war?
At least 20 victims have now come forward to complain that explicit photos of them are being shared online by active duty and retired members of the Marine Corps and others
No matter. Marine officials say the branch is stepping up outreach to potential female recruits, launching a number of female-specific “marketing and advertising initiatives to spread (pardon me) awareness about what it means to be a Marine and the opportunities for females in the Marine Corps.”
Lt. Col. Kevin Collins, a logistics officers, wrote in the Marine Corps Gazette in December 2014 that “male-only recruit training provides an artificial and unrealistic environment.” “Isolating our women during recruit training unfairly implies that our female recruits need to be sheltered and protected,” he wrote.
In 2015, Marine Lt. Col. Kate Germano was relieved for what she said was an effort to hold women to the same standards as men, to include driving an effort to improve range qualification rates for female recruits.
Female infantry Marines will be sleeping next to males in the field as well, in everything from makeshift shelters to single rooms filled with dozens of cots to sleeping under tarps or nothing but ground and flesh. Opponents of the Obama administration’s policy change voiced concern about the two genders sharing tents.
“You’re going to have sex, you’re going to have love, you’re going to have relationships, and it’s going to overly complicate the command structure,” Marine veteran, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, told the Marine Corps Times. Another opponent, Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness, said the three women will serve separately within units of men. Small teams traditionally sleep together in tents on deployment but having mixed genders will affect the atmosphere, she added.
“Policy makers should be held accountable for creating conditions that will encourage indiscipline rather than discipline,” she said in a statement.
Legislators are only interested in social welfare programs and I’m afraid we have a new one: Hoorah!