Women in Combat Could Hurt Retention, Marine Study Suggests

Marine Female in CombatNearly one in four males in the U.S. Marine Corps said they would leave the service if women were involuntarily posted in combat positions, according to the executive summary of a little-known survey commissioned by Marine Corps leaders and obtained by the Free Beacon.

A similar number of Marines of both sexes said they would not have enlisted in the corps if this had been policy at the time.

Twenty-three percent of both male and female Marines “said that they would not have joined” if women were involuntarily placed onto the front lines of combat, such as in the infantry, according to a summary of the surveyprovided to the Free Beacon.

Retention rates also could be affected at a time when the Marines areshrinking the force to cope with budgetary constraints.

Twenty-two percent of males who were surveyed said they “likely would leave the corps at their next opportunity” if women were involuntarily placed into primary combat roles.

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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    Again I’ll say this the women they want to send on to the front lines of combat then I’ll be fine with it as long as they can meet the very same physical requirements as the men have to preform at.. I said this on another similar page a few weeks back and some did not like that , I myself want a man at my back if it comes to hand to hand and my squad is being overran on a dark night..
    I fought in Nam and we had Jungles and places there what no way in hell of getting a slick into for a fast Evac to a MASH unit . heck we had to sometime hump in many many miles from where the slicks dropped us at a L.Z and even sometimes we were so far out in the boonies they used a daisy cutter before hand to make an L.Z and many times a 180 even 200 lb plus man had to be humped out on a shoulder over the neck or a fast made stretcher sometimes for a few klicks before there would be an opening for a slick or a dust-off chopper to get in there to pull the wounded out and all the time you are humping the wounded out you have your gear and weapons and theirs you have to slog through jungle vegetation or flooded fields mud wet as hell from rains and always sweat And that gear gets heavier when wet . I’ve seen raw bone well muscled grown men have to struggle to get it done .
    Now maybe in a sand box like Iraq or most of Afghanistan there are places and this won’t matter but what if we have to go into another place like the jungles and mountains of Nam or all over the S.Pacific like in WW2 . And I’m sure there are some women capable of the job ? but during a hot firefight is not the time to find out who is weaker on average a good big man will beat a good little man every time this is why Boxing has weight classes . And the pro sports never use women and that is not to mention O.K you are in the filed for several weeks and the woman 30 days are up and she need special issue materials and there are none there for her her feet and ankles are all swollen he back hurts she is foul tempered and crampy headaches will the corp-man have to bring them along also ? I will admit some of the bandages they used in my day looked very similar (: but there are just so many he can tote .. Its a huge mistake in the places I fought nd would put a lot more lives in jeopardy to accommodate a woman in the foxholes sorry ladies but thats the facts ma’am’s . God who in there right minds would want to go into a front line infantry unit ?

    Then there are the POW camps and well in my war not many grunts were even a POW unless they had some info that the dinks may think they could have used ? They would just do many unspeakable body modifications to them and put their remains on a pike for the rest to see as they diddy bobbed on down the trails .. I would not have wanted to see what they would have done to a round eyed woman.. before the mercifully killed her off. All people back in the world ever heard was about American brutality LOL man those little zipper heads took it too a level the Japs and Nazis would have envied .War is not cool or glorious its hell pure and simple and just one person not able to pull there and the next guys weight is a problem.. Its a really bad idea for just to be Politically correct again I’ll say if the woman can complete the same physical task and reach the same physical levels as the average or weakness male then let them have at But I’d hate to have to see them run out of personal hygiene materials with a few days left to hump back to a L.Z. crossing leech filled water ways and and anaimals ..

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