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U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Allison Lotz

This is an excerpt from “Fight Like A Girl: The Truth Behind How Female Marines Are Trained” by retired Marine Lt. Col. Kate Germano and Kelly S. Kennedy.

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A year has passed since the Marines United social media scandal broke in the news, and despite the very real damage to Marine Corps’ reputation, few substantive changes have been made to reform the culture.  As smart, fit young women consider their options for military service they will go where their talents are appreciated and valued.  The Marine Corps is the only service that stands to lose.  With the credibility of the service and its leaders at stake, there has never been a more pressing need for the organization to change.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Thomas

The journey that leads to military service is as varied and unique as those who choose to serve and for one young Marine, this is particularly true.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders

The Marine Corps is about to alter the job titles for thousands of Marines to be more gender-neutral. Though “man” will still remain in some of its most iconic occupations like “rifleman” and “mortarman,” 19 of its military occupational specialties are expected to be changed after a review by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

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