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Cpl. Joseph Milne, a field radio operator with Headquarters Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, scales the wall on the obstacle course at Boondocker training area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 25, 2014. The Marines were participating in Corporals Course and completed a case study that took them through several training exercises based off true scenarios Gunnery Sgt. Timothy C. Tardif experienced during Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 12, 2003. Three squad-sized teams participated in a leadership reaction course, and exercises at Boondocker Training Area to include the obstacle course and military operations on urban terrain facility and a 100-meter swim at the base pool. At the conclusion of the case study, the Marine gathered at Dewey Square to listen to Tardif explain the challenges he faced as a corporal on the battlefield and how he overcame them.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)
Cpl. Joseph Milne, a field radio operator with Headquarters Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, scales the wall on the obstacle course at Boondocker training area aboard Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Feb. 25, 2014. The Marines were participating in Corporals Course and completed a case study that took them through several training exercises based off true scenarios Gunnery Sgt. Timothy C. Tardif experienced during Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 12, 2003. Three squad-sized teams participated in a leadership reaction course, and exercises at Boondocker Training Area to include the obstacle course and military operations on urban terrain facility and a 100-meter swim at the base pool. At the conclusion of the case study, the Marine gathered at Dewey Square to listen to Tardif explain the challenges he faced as a corporal on the battlefield and how he overcame them. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg)
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Matthew Bragg

Marine Corps Mandates Gender-Neutral Standards For 29 Jobs

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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.

Get the full story at Marine Corps Times.