The U.S. military has a problem with women. Whether it’s sexual assault, subtle discrimination, or misogyny, female service members have waited long enough for the notoriously bureaucratic Department of Defense to fix itself. The Marine Corps, however, is America’s 911 force—its smallest, fastest, most lethal service—with a culture that affords it unique flexibility. As such, it should conduct a complete gender integration to unravel inequality and preempt disruptions that hinder its mission.
U.S. Marine Corps photo / Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/ Released.
The career of one of the first female infantry Marines has come to an ignominious end after she admitted to having a romantic relationship with a Marine under her command whom she later married, Task & Purpose confirmed on Wednesday.
As women are integrated into combat units previously unavailable to them, there’s been a lot of talk about and concern for how this change will deteriorate morale, unit cohesion, and esprit de corps in those units. I can't help but think that those making these arguments are merely equivocating, justifying a learned chauvinism, and mustering up the last argument they can think to make against a truth that we’ve known all along: Integration is the right answer.