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.

Comments

Comments

  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 ..

Polititainment

Michael Bay might direct Benghazi movie

Bay, who has spent the last several years gaining popularity for his "Transformers" films, is reportedly in talks to direct the Benghazi film "13 Hours," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Holder wants Denzel to play him in movie

Holder spoke to The Hill about Hollywood and politics while at an event at the Washington Ideas Forum Wednesday that was hosted by The Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.

'Rival Survival' premiering Wednesday

Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are getting ready to show America their bipartisan fire-starting skills on "Rival Survival," a reality show starring tho lawmakers that premiers Wednesday night on the Discovery Channel.

Lovitz has a field day with Hillary

Before Hillary Clinton's jobs comment is swept aside as a minor whoopsie, a few words from Jon Lovitz.

John Oliver has some ideas for the FDA

Some people want more nutrition information on food labels--but who really understands those labels anyway?

White House

Russian hackers broke into the White House network

Hackers with suspected ties to the Russian government recently broke into the White House’s unclassified computer network, the Washington Post reported Tuesday night.

Obama is withholding over 15,000 Fast and Furious documents

President Obama claimed executive privilege to withhold over 15,000 documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, including nearly 20 emails sent between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife.

White House fence jumper charged with assault
WASHINGTON (AP) — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday. Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland, is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said. […]
President Obama, unpaid bills and the curious editing of the White House transcript
President Obama, some unpaid bills and a curiously “inaudible” section of the White House recording of a speech — that’s how all good stories start, right? While at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Chicago, Obama cracked a joke about the “unpaid bills” at his home. The joke was reported by the White House Press […]
Secrecy shrouds how the Obamas cook their chicken wings

Now it seems the Obamas are tight-lipped even about their eating habits.

Congress

Justin Amash envisions a libertarian Congress

Rep. Justin Amash, the libertarian congressman from Michigan, knows that Congress is far from libertarian. But someday, he thinks that might change.

Rand Paul: The GOP's image ‘sucks’

Rand Paul didn’t mince words about the GOP.

Small college's students thrown into 2014 election

Young people tend not to engage much in the humdrum local politics that go into midterm elections. But what if it’s happening literally in their own backyard?

GOP senator: 'Sorry the government's so f***ed'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) made some self-deprecating jokes and colorful remarks about the state of the government during a recent private gathering, per a recording provided to CNN by South Carolina Democrats.

Top lawmaker's Ebola claim

A leading House Republican says he is aware of information that points to the United States eventually receiving non-U.S. Ebola patients for treatment.