DOD/Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford went to Capitol Hill on Sep. 26 seeking to remain chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for two more years, and he gave the lawmakers who will renew his tenure just what they were looking for: lots of surprising thoughts on lots of subjects.

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Department of Defense photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

The debate over the integration of women into combat arms roles hit a contentious point earlier this month, as Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said his recommendation to the secretary of defense will be to open all roles to women in the Navy and Marine Corps. This came on the heels of a controversial report by the Marine Corps on the results of its Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. Marines involved in that task force found that women performed equal or below in most all cases to the lowest 5% of men as a group, according to a since-deleted Facebook post from Marine Sgt. Maj. Justin LeHew, the senior enlisted advisor for the Marines’ Training and Education Command.

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