The debate whether women should be allowed to serve in combat positions is not new. What is new, however, are the year-long studies that were conducted by the Marine Corp that focused on gender behavior and integration. The studies concluded that units made up of only males performed better than those combat units that were composed of both males and females.
The study only examined units that were close-combat units such as infantry. It did not include comparisons within non-combat arms units or jobs. Women make up only about 8% of the Marine Corps. This is the lowest percentage of all the branches of service.
The newest study stated that infantry units of only males had better shooting accuracy. Male units were able to carry heavier loads and able to move faster over various types of terrain. The study also stated that females had a higher rate of injury than males.
In addition, the study brought to light a presidential report that focused on females in the military. That report said: “Risking the lives of a military unit in combat to provide career opportunities or accommodate the personal desires or interests of an individual, or group of individuals, is more than bad military judgment. It is morally wrong.”
These studies have caused conflict between Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps commandant who is scheduled to take over soon as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Dunford believes that women should not be allowed to serve in front-line combat positions. This stance conflicts with several Navy and Marine leaders.
Currently, the debate centers on whether or not Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has the authority to veto Marine Corps proposals that would prohibit females from serving in infantry and recon positions. As of mid-September, no final decisions have been made but many defense officials report that Defense Secretary Ash Carter will review the Marine plan.
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