U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg
Starting Sept. 30, the Marine Corps will implement a number of gender-neutral standards for 29 military occupational specialties, reports Marine Corps Times. Marines hoping to enter the infantry, artillery, combat engineering, tanks, and amphibious assault vehicles, ground ordnance, and some close-air support fields will be required to accomplish the toughest tasks related to their jobs.
Some of the new standards apply to all 29 jobs, such as performing a casualty evacuation or carrying a Mk 19 grenade launcher. Others are job specific, like scaling a wall or pulling a casualty from a tank. Though many schoolhouses already train Marines on these tasks, this will mark the first time these tests are used as a graduation requirement.
The decision to mandate job-specific standards came from the Marine Corps’ nine-month gender integration study.
"If you're [5 feet, 6 inches tall] and 120 pounds, you have virtually no chance of doing this job, whatsoever," said Capt. Mark Lenzi, the commanding officer of the weapons company during the study.
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.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime. He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews)
White supremacist James Jackson – accused of trying to start a race war by killing a homeless black man in Times Square with a sword — pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder as an act of terrorism.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.