Marines Express Concerns About Female Combatants

Jay Maxwell By Jay Maxwell, 3rd Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The issue of women in combat has been analyzed, legislated, dissected, argued, debated, prattled, and eschewed so often that this dead horse is beyond the glue factory. - Barbara A. Wilson, Captain USAF (Ret)

The Marine's Viewpoint

In view of the recent decision to permit women to serve in combat, has sparked a new discussion among their male counterparts. Among the top concerns, according to a survey is being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault. And countless participants, accentuated that the proposed change could energize them to exit the military altogether. This reflects the results of a survey that encompassed 53,000 Marine soldiers last summer, and was forwarded to him (Panetta) prior to the announcement of his decision. Other concerns that were expressed, included possible fraternization and preferential treatment of some Marines. Further, respondents mulled over issues like pregnancy and personal issues and stressed that would hamper a unit's ability to be combat ready. Military experts were not astonished by the data, since the Marines is a male dominant society compared to other branches. Moreover, in terms of assault charges - the concerns are unsubstantiated - since most assault victims choose not to file a claim. Other conclusions drawn from the survey, suggest the need for sensitivity training and mentoring from the leadership to foster a smooth transition.

Ambivalence Among Both Genders

The survey depicted members of both genders to express ambivalence about their career goals if women assumed combat roles. Further, if women are forced into accepting combat positions - this ploy would prompt more soldiers to abort their careers. Also, there were other concerns spewed by the survey, such as intimate bonds between Marines and feeling compelled to defend female Marines. Additionally, the female Marines were apprehensive about being targeted by enemies as prisoners of war. They would be susceptible to horrendous sex crimes and of course there is the hygiene factor. Would it be easy for the women to assimilate into an environment historically dominated by males? That was another preoccupation of the women. Elaine Donnelly, a vocal critic of the change said the questionnaire asked the wrong questions and should have been asking if troops favored the change and whether it would make the force more effective. Finally, there is a host of information being disseminated and some of it is conjured up to suppress a public outcry. If nothing more, we have set the stage for a discussion, but there is so much uncharted territory.


Women Empowerment, Women In Combat, Women In The Military, Women Versus Men, Womens Issues, Womens Rights

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I am endeavoring to become a freelance article writer for now. Recent studies include a freelance writer's article and blog course offered by Growth Education.

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