Kate Germano

Kate Germano is a 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps. She is a vocal advocate for an end to gender bias and lowered expectations for female performance and conduct. She is married with three cats and three chickens. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the United States government.

Recent articles from Kate Germano

Drill instructors Sgt. Annasharon Baudet, left, and Staff Sgt. Charlotte Edwardson encourage Rct. Melanie Wolf to respond shortly after arriving July 14, 2014, at Parris Island, S.C.
Joining the Military
Recruiting More Women Into The Marine Corps Is Only Half The Solution
The Marine Corps’ high attrition rate for female recruits at boot camp isn’t a woman problem, it’s an accountability problem among recruiters.
Then-Cpl. Frank Cala poses his his trophy after winning the pasta-themed third quarter Culinary Team of the Quarter competition at Mess Hall 411 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Oct. 18, 2011.
The Marine On Hell’s Kitchen’s Problem With Female Marines Started At Boot Camp
Sgt. Frank Cala’s derogatory comments toward female Marines are no surprise given the culture of gender bias that starts at Marine Corps boot camp.
Women Marines 4th Battalion
The Marine Corps Doesn’t Have The Data To Validate The Status Quo For Women
Lt. Col. Kate Germano argues that the Marine Corps refuses to integrate boot camp, but lacks the data to justify why.