Mike is a decorated combat veteran with active service in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as humanitarian service in East Timor. He is a recipient of the Leftwich Trophy, which is the Marine Corps' most prestigious leadership award. After retiring from active duty, he has been very active with veterans issues and is the author of "Orders to Nowhere", a book about military transition.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gene A. Ainsworth III
You make decisions every day. Dozens and dozens of them. Some are easy — coffee or latte? — and some are more complex. Regardless of what kind of decision you need to make, you generally have as much time and information as you need to make the best call.
The Marine Corps is at the center of the latest military-related social experiment that seeks to answer the question: Can women serve in the infantry? As a combat veteran of two wars, I believe that the Marine Corps is actually asking the wrong question. Instead of asking what gender is required to serve in the infantry, we should be looking at the ability of an individual to lead Marines and accomplish whatever mission is assigned. The question should focus on whether or not a Marine can serve in the infantry based on that Marine’s ability to meet or exceed the standards required to do the job — period.