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October 18, 2012



As long as they can physically do it, and the standards are NOT weakend, let's see what happens. But if one of the dropped people sues to try to get back in, say NO.

Jason M Waltz

No hesitation so long as there are no 'gender neutral' standards - let everyone who can perform the job by delivering at minimum expected norms under equal standards do so.

Which also means that officer/noncom billets should only go to those who've 'been there, done that' - I never understood putting anyone in charge of people whose job they haven't done.

Stan R. Mitchell

I think there will eventually be a few who can pull it off -- I'll never forget the female MP at Lejeune who could bench 300 pounds back when I was in.

But everyone who's in the know and spent any time carrying a rifle knows this:

A) The IOC is no joke. Period. Male, Female, Mutant, or Full Size Lion, you got to be something else to make it through.

B) Everyone who's in the know and spent any time carrying a rifle probably wonders why any female would want to do it, other than for equality purposes. Because let's be honest: Serving in the infantry sucks about 99.99 percent of the time. Yes, it can be addictive, and there's a brotherhood and pride that goes with it that surpasses even the larger Marine Corps fraternity, but it sucks. Completely sucks the vast majority of the time.*

Stan R. Mitchell
SGT, Alpha Co. 1/8

* For those who don't know, here's a few things off the top of my head that make it fun: chiggers, MREs, humps, sleeping on rough ground, sleeping on muddy ground, blisters, frostbite, shaving in the dark from a canteen cup, covering your face and neck and ears in cammie paint, foot problems (fallen arches), knee problems, back problems, rain storms, humid swamps, heavy packs, wet boots, monkey ass (as we called it, but basically a rash on your gluteus maximus from wearing wet clothes), firing and moving on long ranges, and probably a couple dozen other fun things I'm missing. Fellow brothers, feel free to add more.

P.S. Don't get me wrong, I don't regret doing it, and still managed to have a blast and learn a ton, but I don't want some folks out there who are screaming for equality to think that men are hiding some super-fun club that they're excluded from. On about any given day, I'd have given up my slot.

Digna Mcbee

It’s unclear whether she was injured or if she became ill.

Kazuko Brent

I want to try to open up a door, maybe, for women after me.

Margaretta Carvalho

It’s unclear whether she was injured or if she became ill.


As long as standards aren't lowered. But you know they will be. It amazes me that those who demand equality always need "special" rules.

If you demand equality then BE EQUAL!

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