The general in charge of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is under fire after saying in an interview that he preferred female recruits who played with hockey or lacrosse sticks rather than Barbie dolls.
In a Military.com interview regarding gender integration at the depot, Brig. Gen. Austin Renforth said its best to keep the early stages of bootcamp separated by gender because women have lower confidence levels and “it takes them a few weeks to understand that they can do more than they think they can.” Men, on the other hand, are “socially engineered” to be brave, he said.
“I think we’re trying to find, recruiting-wise, those women who were handed lacrosse sticks and hockey sticks growing up and not Barbie dolls. We don’t always get that,” he said.
The Barbie doll comment sparked social media outrage, including from some female veterans.
“Wow. Girls that are handed lacrosse sticks instead of Barbies? I served for many years rising to the Staff NCO ranks. I played with Barbies everyday and never cried at bootcamp,” a commenter said.
The general’s Barbie comment caused enough outrage that Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Glenn Walters issued a statement.
"...Hockey, Lacrosse or Barbie dolls...I could not care less..."
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $13,000 over a three-month period for a senior official's biweekly commute to Washington from his home in California, according to expense reports obtained by ProPublica.
Staff Sgt. John Eller conducts pre-flights check on his C-17 Globemaster III Jan. 3 prior to taking off from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii for a local area training mission. Sgt. Eller is a loadmaster from the 535th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
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President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval.
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.