Although many Marines’ eyes glaze over when they hear the word “gender,” Carol Cohn’s recent stark assessment of what the masculinization of national security can cost us should be required reading for Marine Corps leaders. The Corps’ institutional struggles have not quite risen to the level of the genitalia-referencing Twitter-squabbling that Cohn rightly finds abhorrent, but our internal difficulties have regularly and publicly surfaced over the past few years — and they have been highly gendered in nature. The Corps may assume these difficulties are only tangentially related to each other and disconnected from broader struggles in Iraq or Afghanistan, but as Cohn makes clear, they are anything but.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.