Courtesy Tyson Manker

In 2003, Tyson Manker was a 21-year-old Marine corporal leading an infantry squad during the invasion of Iraq. He saw combat, served under fire, and witnessed the indiscriminate violence of war first-hand.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Samantha K. Braun

The few, the proud, the Marines: the scrappy underdogs and red-headed stepchildren of the military. Expeditionary and small-war experts, zealous in their commitment to Corps, country, and cause, and used to doing more with so much less, Marines are also besieged by breathtaking insecurities when it comes to their place in the military hierarchy.

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U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan L. Correa

There’s a “pink tax” on military uniforms — that is, women are charged more for the same item as men. It’s yet another invisible form of gender inequality. This has largely been accepted as a routine annoyance, and is part of the overall trend of how being a woman is more expensive than being a man. Some argue that this is because there are fewer women in the service, so the uniforms cost more to make. This is lazy nonsense, quickly disproved by the fact that there are several items that do cost the same, including one manufacturer’s version of the service dress blues. Even though it’s common to price gouge women for the same product, it’s still wrong to do so, especially during the current push toward “gender-neutral” uniforms.

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