Well now, just as I was wondering what had become of SecNav’s 15 Jan deadline for the Marine Corps to
surrender report on how and when its recruit training would cease to produce fighting Marines integrate males and females into platoons, comes this…
Male and female Marine recruits are likely to continue training separately at boot camp, but the service will look at ways for further gender integration, Marine Corps Times has learned.
Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller met with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Thursday about the service’s gender integration plan, including enlisted and officer entry-level training. During the meeting, Neller detailed the portions of the Marine Corps’ entry-level training that are coed, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.
Mabus had given Neller until Friday to submit a plan to integrate boot camp and Officer Candidate School. Both sides will now work together to find potential opportunities for male and female recruits to train together, Marine Corps Times has confirmed.
There are no “potential opportunities” without significant compromise of the very rigorous and I must point out highly successful recruit training program we have now. One of my BRs, an active duty Marine grunt colonel who has commanded student platoons at TBS, a recruit training battalion *and* the recruit training regiment at the one depot where female recruits are trained– and who is politically and socially one degree to the port side– told me without any prompting that gender integration in recruit training would be a “disaster.” His words, not mine. And he continued in that vein for several minutes with considerable vehemence.
I also wonder if the “source with knowledge of the meeting” wears four stars.
We still have to deal with this stupid shit. Who the hell wants to be a “rifleperson”??
All of this leads us to an ugly question about our civilian leadership, but one that nevertheless must now be asked: If a very senior executive of the Department of Defense pursues policies which he knows, or has been informed so by senior uniformed subordinates, to be injurious the readiness and combat capabilities of his Services, what does that make him? One answer, and the most charitable, is “Stupid.” The next likely answer is difficult to comprehend. But there it is.