Marine Corps Combine Male and Female Platoons During Boot Camp, A First for the Branch

Rare | 1/4/2019 | Lyndsay Burginger
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the Marine Corps said in a statement Friday, first reported by ABC News.\r\n\r\n

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For the first time in Marine Corp history male and female platoons will be working side-by-side at boot camp. Women enlisting in the Marines is nothing new, in fact, women have been able to be a part of the branch since 1918, however, it wasn’t until 2016 that Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that women could take part in any military operations, including combat. This year 92 women are proud to be a part of the Marine Corps combat arms, and that number will only rise thanks to the Corps new male and female boot camp training.

Until now male and female recruits were sequestered from each other, however, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina this year, male and female Marines will get the chance to train together. The U.S. Marine Corps is the only branch that still separates males and females during training, however, it seems like it could be changing.

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“On January 5, 2019, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, will start their training cycle with one female platoon and five male platoons,” the Marine Corps said in a statement Friday, first reported by ABC News.

While the change isn’t permanent, a Marine official shared that this was the perfect time to try and integrate both sexes. Normally the battalion is all male, however, the recruiting classes are typically smaller in the winter, thus it was the perfect time to test a partially integrated system out. They are only conducting the test on Parris Island and not...
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