USMC: 1st women graduate from tough enlisted infantry course in NC; more on way

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: November 22, 2013 - 1:39 PM

CAMP GEIGER, N.C. — Three Marines have become the first women to graduate from the Corps' tough-as-nails enlisted infantry training school in North Carolina, officials said Thursday.

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sage62Nov. 22, 13 6:20 AM

Putting women in the infantry is a mistake. As a former infantryman, I can personally say that adding females to the mix is going to create problems and yes, these problems will arise due to their gender. This is just more social engineering and political correctness under our self described, 'great leader'.

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obstakesNov. 22, 13 7:31 AM

Bad idea

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merlinzNov. 22, 13 7:35 AM

Yes, there may be ‘problems’ that arise due to unavoidable biology. However, because men and women are inherently different there might also be advantages to having a more diversified force protecting our country. Change is always hard, but if you never try it then you will never know. Congratulations to these ladies, they have certainly worked hard and they deserve a shot.

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imichelleNov. 22, 13 7:35 AM

sage62, your are going to need to spell out what those gender differences are, because I just don't get where you are going with that. They are dedicated soldiers that are passing all the SAME tests as the men.

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stpaulisbestNov. 22, 13 7:37 AM

Well, I don't know about being an 'infantryman'. I assume that means Army. But as a former, ground pounding, living in the dirt, stinkin' Marine, I don't think there's a problem here at all. At some point everyone is green. Everyone stinks, everyone is dirty, everyone is tired. Can't see how gender would even play a role in that. And since the standards haven't been lowered there's no more question of a woman Marine doing the job as there is of a man doing the job. In fact, there's probably more variation of ability among men than there is between women and men.

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stpaulisbestNov. 22, 13 7:37 AM

imichelle - No, they're Marines. Not soldiers, not troopers. Marines.

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EWernerNov. 22, 13 7:52 AM

One of the goals for the cadre in the infantry school is to weed out the weak ones (physically and/or mentally). So for these three women to pass speaks volumes to their ability to meet a challenge and see it through which is what is needed in combat. I was in combat with female soldiers in OIF and they put rounds down range just like their counterpart male soldiers.

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Old SchoolNov. 22, 13 7:54 AM

I have no problem with capable women serving in any way except they should be in a all female unit.

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dentesterNov. 22, 13 8:09 AM

I love how people who've never served a day have no problem telling former infantrymen that they're wrong about this. lol

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eman2001Nov. 22, 13 8:19 AM

Women should also have to register for the draft.

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