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Male And Female Marine Recruits To Train Together At Parris Island, But Not For The Reason You Think
The Marine Corps is finally having men and women train in the same unit at recruit training, but boot camp is not officially integrated, a military official told Task & Purpose.
ABC News first reported that Parris Island's 3rd Recruit Training Battalion will have one female platoon and five male platoons starting on Jan. 5.
A U.S. military official confirmed that the ABC story is accurate but added the reason is because there will be only about 50 female recruits at Parris Island this cycle, and that is not enough to stand up a full staff at the 4th Recruit Training Battalion, the female training unit.
But that explanation is not entirely convincing, said retired Lt. Col. Kate Germano, who led the 4th Recruit Training Battalion in 2014 and 2015. The Marine Corps recruited a record 13,000 women last year, Germano told Task & Purpose on Friday.
"If they were saying that there weren't enough women, what they would have done is not had a female class," Germano said. "They would have just held off shipping females to boot camp until the next class, when they had enough women."
Friday's news that male and female recruits will train together is still a milestone because it marks the first time the Marine Corps has truly integrated women into a training unit, Germano said.
"So, I'm not sure where they are going to go next but I don't think you can go backwards from here," she said.
Germano has long advocated for integrating boot camp because studies have shown that having men and women train together improves how male recruits view their female counterparts.
"The Marine Corps for so long has tried to skirt around defining what integration means by having men and women train together, for example, on the same football-sized field – for example at the gas chamber – but that doesn't necessarily mean that they're integrated," Germano said.
"It sounds like now men and women that start together will actually graduate together, which will improve camaraderie; it will improve attitudes about how they perform; and it's just going to have a positive impact overall. It's one more step in the process of really making women included rather than a distinct and separate part of the population."
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Blasts from Taliban car bombs outside of Bagram Airfield on Wednesday caused extensive damage to the base's passenger terminal, new pictures released by the 45th Expeditionary Wing show.
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Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Shortly after seven sailors died aboard USS Fitzgerald when she collided with a merchant ship off Japan in 2017, I wrote that the Fitzgerald's watch team could have been mine. My ship had once had a close call with me on watch, and I had attempted to explain how such a thing could happen. "Operating ships at sea is hard, and dangerous. Stand enough watches, and you'll have close calls," I wrote at the time. "When the Fitzgerald's investigation comes out, I, for one, will likely be forgiving."
So, am I forgiving? Yes — for some.
Editor's note: a version of this story first appeared in 2015.
Most people haven't heard of an elderly Belgian-Congolese nurse named Augusta Chiwy. But students of history know that adversity and dread can turn on a dime into freedom and change, and it's often the most humble and little-known individuals who are the drivers of it.
During the very darkest days of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, Chiwy was such a catalyst, and hundreds of Americans lived because of her. She died quietly on Aug. 23, 2015, at the age of 94 at her home in Brussels, Belgium, and had it not been for the efforts of my friend — British military historian Martin King — the world may never have heard her astonishing story.
More than $20 million of the Pentagon aid at the center of the impeachment fight still hasn't reached Ukraine.
The continued delay undermines a key argument against impeachment from President Trump's Republican allies and a new legal memo from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Average pay, housing and subsistence allowances will increase for members of the military in 2020, the Pentagon announced Thursday.