Unlike police and fire departments, and even the Army, which repeatedly have lowered their physical qualifying standards for “diversity,” the U.S. Marine Corps does not. Last year, not one woman passed the test and most didn’t last more than a day or two. This year, however, out of 36 USMC female officers who entered the grueling 84-day training crucible – “Infantry Officer Course” – one did make it through.
Washington Times The Marine Corps will reach a new milestone this month when its first female graduates its storied Infantry Officer Course (IOC).
While women have made it through other challenging U.S. courses like the U.S. Army Ranger School (below) and the Marine Corps’ enlisted infantry training, Marine Corps IOC has consistently stopped them. So far, only two women have even made it to the second week of the training.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus maintains that the standards will not be dropped so that women can make it through the course. “I will never lower standards,” Mabus said. “Let me repeat that: Standards will not be lowered for any group! Standards may be changed as circumstances in the world change, but they’ll be changed for everybody.”
An 84-day training crucible that ended early for 36 previous female officers has been overcome by a still unidentified Marine Lieutenant who will graduate Sept. 25. The branch’s Training and Education Command confirmed the news after The Washington Post first reported on her completion of a three-week field exercise at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in California.
“Infantry Officer Course is the MOS producing school for Marine Corps infantry officers and the prerequisite course for ground intelligence officers,” TECOM said in a statement to Marine Corps Times. “The demanding 13-week course trains and educates newly selected infantry and ground intelligence officers in leadership, infantry skills, and character required to serve as infantry platoon commanders in the operating forces.”
The servicemember will hold the military occupational specialty 0302 and graduate from Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.
The officer’s feat comes roughly two years after combat roles were were ordered to be opened to all women by the Obama administration. At the time, 75 percent of active-duty infantrymen opposed gender integration and 90 percent stated that they believed romantic relationships in the same unit would cause trouble. Additionally, 80 percent believed that the presence of women in the unit would result in false sexual allegations.
The decision was met with some criticism at the time. Current White House chief of staff John Kelly, who was then a Marine Corps general, voiced concern about the action, saying the key question was whether it makes the armed forces more lethal.
Medal of Honor recipient claims Obama turning military into ‘girly outfit’
SOFREP One of America’s greatest heroes is charging the commander in chief Obama with deliberate sabotage of the nation’s armed forces. The serious accusation leveled against Barack Obama comes from retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady (below), a recipient of the Medal of Honor, who said bluntly, “Obama loathes the military.”
“His goal is to reduce the military to impotence,” Brady said in an interview. “That way, during his reign, which, thank God, is almost over, he could point to an emasculated military and say he didn’t have the capability to [do] anything about it. If it came to a confrontation, I don’t think he would fight.”
Brady explained Obama “changed the ethos of the military” by lowering standards and moral values. He specifically identified the removal of the bans on open homosexuality and women in combat positions as destructive. “It’s gone from a masculine-oriented outfit to a girly man kind of an outfit,” Brady said.
Brady suggested most women are simply less capable of meeting such physical demands in a combat situation. He also heard from “several sources” the women who recently graduated Army Ranger School “had a lot of help.” As reported in September, high-ranking officials in the Army “planned in advance” the results of training programs designed to see if women could meet the physical standards.
“The bottom line is this: If you’ve got a squad in the hills of Afghanistan and your squad is half female, half male and you’re going up against a Muslim terrorist squad from ISIS that’s all male, do you want your daughter in that squad? Your mother? Your wife? Going up against an all-male squad with your squad half females? I don’t think so.”