The US Marines tested all-male squads against mixed-gender ones, and the results were pretty bleak


Its not even funny, the Marine Corps has told congress, mixed gender infantry units is a bad idea, the facts prove its a bad idea, however, we still have a congress (who by the way are less than a 5% veteran congress) say its still a good idea. Again, you have some making the decisions on something they know nothing about. You want "equality"? You want women to me required to serve in the infantry? Then you better not complain when female fatalities skyrocket the next time they go to war with men in the infantry. Because they will. Those that have passed the Ranger school and almost passed the Marine Corps Infantry school, were set on it in their heart, did everything they could to pass, were determined. What happens if congress mandates females in the infantry which will include some not so determined females in battle? You can draw the conclusion, and it will include allot of body bags. Time for a C-Gar

All-male squads, teams and crews and gender-integrated squads, teams, and crews had a noticeable difference in their performance of the basic combat tasks of negotiating obstacles and evacuating casualties. For example, when negotiating the wall obstacle, male Marines threw their packs to the top of the wall, whereas female Marines required regular assistance in getting their packs to the top. During casualty evacuation assessments, there were notable differences in execution times between all-male and gender-integrated groups, except in the case where teams conducted a casualty evacuation as a one-Marine fireman’s carry of another (in which case it was most often a male Marine who “evacuated” the casualty)

The report also says that female Marines had higher rates of injury throughout the experiment. Read more here


Army Ranger School to graduate its first two women


Aug. 4, 2015: A female Army Ranger student crosses the Yellow River on a rope bridge at Camp James E. Rudder on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. (Nick Tomecek/AP)

Two women have made military history by becoming the first female soldiers to complete the U.S. Army's grueling Ranger Course, the Army announced late Monday. 

The women, who were not immediately identified, will join 94 men Friday for a graduation ceremony at Fort Benning, Ga., where Ranger School is based. The unit consists of rapidly deployable troops who are often used in special operations.

"Each Ranger School graduate has shown the physical and mental toughness to successfully lead organizations at any level," said Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh in a statement. Read entire story here

Marine Corps Ends Female Infantry Officer Program


You may have read it HERE on One Marine's View how the Marine Corps was the first service to accept women into combat billets for certification. Even though the US Army is accepting them into their Ranger program and special forcess

the Marine Corps has tried it and now is ending their acceptance of women into the combat billet  training at the officers school, Infantry Officers Course and you can bet ends additional ideas of women in combat billets. Infantry officers course is hard, it's not suppose to be easy and I can tell you, no standards were lowered. Time for a C-Gar

An 18 month trial period allowing female Marines to attend the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course will end without a single female graduate, reported the Marine Corps Times.

The opportunity for female volunteers is part of a larger effort to determine the feasibility of allowing female officers to take part in ground combat operations. If anyone had successfully completed the course, they would not have earned the occupational designator or entered the infantry, since the program was only an experiment. 

Army opens grueling Ranger job to women

In 2012 The Marines allowed women to participate in the Infantry Officers Course (IOC). They were the first branch to make this opening and had interesting results. None of the multiple women that attended the course passed due to physical injury or physical standards.  Interesting, isn’t it? However, we opened it and the facts didn’t lie. The only way they would have made it through IOC would have been if the IOC physical standards were lowered. Now, the Ranger school and the US ARMY are trying the same thing. What it comes down to, if they make it, great but will standards be lowered to facilitate that to happen. Is that what America wants?  A level of professionals evaluated on a lower standard? Something to watch. Time for a C-Gar


The Army will allow as many as 60 women to participate in the next Ranger course, allowing women for the first time to compete in the grueling two-month combat school. It is considered one of the first steps into the military special operations field. 

Army Secretary John McHugh approved the change that would allow women in the course beginning in late April. 

While completing the leadership course would let women wear the coveted Ranger tab, it does not let them become members of the Ranger regiment. Currently only men can be in the 75th Ranger Regiment -- the special operations forces unit based at Fort Benning, Georgia. 

Joining the regiment requires additional schooling that is physically, emotionally and mentally challenging. 



Survey of Marines Fails to Show Support for Women in Direct Ground Combat

On Friday, February 1, the Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) released a "Quick-Look Analysis of Survey Results Assessing the Implications of Possible Changes to Women in Service Restrictions". The 5-page paper, dated September 2012, summarizes results of a survey of active-duty Marines on the subject of women in combat, which was conducted from May 30 to August 31, 2012. 

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Some Marine combat jobs may remain closed to women

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 the battlefield.


Time for a C-Gar

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Will 'equality' now mean lower standards?


“If data gathered … showed that gender ‘diversity’ would strengthen infantry battalions, surely we would have heard that news by now,” she said.

An organization that promotes high standards and sound priorities in the military is blasting “lame-duck” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for opening combat positions to women.

Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness said the move compromises the aim of having the most trained, most skilled and best-performing military.

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Pentagon to Lift Rule Excluding Women From Combat

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)

The Marine Corps was the first to "test" the waters and allow female Marines to join infantry units. See the results here where where all the females that aplied for infantry units, washed out of the program.

See the results of a previous poll here on OMV regarding females in combat (infantry) units)

Time for a C-Gar!

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The end of female engagement teams

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 security forces.

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.

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