MARSOC Begins Planning Integration Assessment Of Female Operators

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Sgt. Margarita B. Valenzuela, automatic rifleman with 2nd Platoon, Company A, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, engages known-distance targets with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle from the standing position during a three-day field exercise at the Verona Loop training area on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dec. 3, 2014.

Sgt. Margarita B. Valenzuela, rifleman with 1st Platoon, Company A, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, engages targets with the M27 Infantry Automatic Rifle during a three-day field exercise at the Verona Loop training area, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Dec. 3, 2014.

Leadership with Marine Special Operations Command is assessing its standards in preparation for integrating female Marines into critical skills operator roles, which may come early next year. So far, MARSOC has not opened its doors to female Marines, but that could change.

"We're bringing in folks to conduct a review of our standards within MARSOC and our training pipeline," said Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman, MARSOC commander to Marine Corps Times. "Just to make sure that we've got a good objective set of gender-neutral standards that are there."