The decision to integrate female service members into combat arms units has some worried that it might lead to a spike in incidents of sexual assault. A bunch of men and women cozying up over bowls of chili mac in the woods, drenched in rain and mud and misery, miles from civilization. Something is bound to happen — or so the theory goes.
But now that the integration process has finally begun, concerns over sexual assault and fraternization appear to have been eclipsed by a focus on maintaining the status quo. After much deliberation, the Marine Corps has decided: the first female infantry Marines will share foxholes and tents with male infantry during field exercises.
“We’re not changing any of our tactical posture or breaking unit cohesion or adjusting anything to accommodate mixed genders while we’re operating in a field environment replicating tactical conditions,” Maj. Charles Anklam III, executive officer for 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, told Marine Times.
The first three female infantry Marines — a rifleman, a gunner, and a mortar Marine — joined 1st Battalion in early January. As Marine Times reports, they were assigned their own rooms, showers, and bathrooms in the barracks. In the field, however, it will be business as usual.
When it comes to doing what infantry Marines get paid to do — be in the shit, essentially — males and females will be treated as equals. As in, Marines with ovaries will live, train, and fight with their unit, just as Marines with testicles do. And, at least in 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, they will also be held to the exact same standards — physical, mental, tactical, etc. — that apply to their male counterparts.
“I joined the Marine Corps to lead Marines and sailors,” Lt. Col. Reginald McClam, the battalion commander, told Marine Times. “I didn’t take an oath of office that said I was going to lead male Marines or female Marines or male sailors or female sailors. I said I would lead Marines.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.