The only two women to participate in the Marine Corps Infantry
Officer Course (IOC) failed ongoing tests to determine which infantry
positions should be available to women, according to the Marine Corps Times:
The Marine Corps stepped up to be the first
to allow women try out for infantry positions last year well ahead of the other
branches. The Marine Corps recommended to Washington that it’s not a good idea.
Today, the Marine Corps made it official that women may be in some combat roles
and it also said some wont.
"We can't afford to lower
standards," he said. "We can't make adjustments on what's required on
Marines assist their embedded (FET) Female Engagement Team member across a canal in Afghanistan
“not every position will open all at once on Thursday.” Once the policy
is changed, the Department of Defense will enter what is being called an
“assessment phase,” in which each branch of service will examine all of
its jobs and units not currently integrated and then produce a
timetable in which it can integrate them
What will be interesting is
"what" they do with the current standards that are in place within
the forces. Will they make women do pull ups vis flexed arm hangs like the men
do required by the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT) or will they simply
allow them to meet "female" set standards and perform next to male
combat infantry Marines? As a note, the Marine also just recently discontinued the
Marine Corps "Female Engagement Teams" (FET) (interesting)
Cpl. Colby Brown / Marine CorpsLance Cpl.
Victoria Rogers, a member of a female engagement team attached to 1st
Battalion, 3rd Marines, jumps over a canal on her way to a local school
in Afghanistan. The Corps has transferred the FET mission to Afghan
I have worked with the Female
Engagement Teams (FET)while in Iraq and in Afghanistan and they can be a
valuable combat enforcer. What I’m not sure of is why an affective asset isn’t
being utilized anymore.
It was reported on OMV HERE. Now see the follow up below.
The Marine Corps’ effort to evaluate whether
more combat jobs should open to women marked another milestone last
week when the second of two female volunteers washed out of infantry
second lieutenant, she was dropped from the program Friday after
failing to complete required training due to unspecified medical
reasons, a Marine official told Marine Corps Times. It’s unclear whether
she was injured or if she became ill.