Marine Corps opens combat school in Quantico, Virginia to women.

U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Katherine Lisi, right, the female…

U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Katherine Lisi, right, the female engagement team officer in charge of Regimental Combat Team (RCT) 1, provides security as Afghan residents are questioned while their vehicle is searched for weapons and drug paraphernalia in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 9, 2011. RCT-1 and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 supported operation Aero Hunter to disrupt suspicious activity and counteract enemy drug and weapons trafficking in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert R. Carrasco/Released)

A Marine Corps school that trains infantry combat officers is now enrolling women, the Marine Corps Times reported, marking the first time female members of the front-line fighting force would be specifically groomed for direct combat roles.

The Corps is seeking out female volunteers to attend the Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, Va., Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps’ assistant commandant, told the paper.

“Women are already in combat, except the ones that are not technically on the front lines fighting,” said Karen Kelly of the Women Marines Association, “when they’re in Afghanistan, in Iraq, women are right there with the expeditionary forces.”

Source: MSNBC

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  • Chortles

    … how is being like the Dutch a bad thing?

    Seriously though, I can see why the Marine Corps would resort to this, especially if there isn’t a way to… you know, segregate the front lines, and wars don’t work that way… besides, this is the Marine Corps where “every woman a riflewoman”… right?

    As for the physical strength issue, the article mentions the Pentagon looking at “gender-neutral physical standards”. Apparently the Australian military is going to go with physical standards BASED ON BILLET/ROLE.

  • CAMOWoman

    Freddie, you wake up! Girls have a much greater chance of “losing it” in a combat situation…men are physically more stronger and mentally more stronger than women…that isn’t a degradation on women…cause I AM ONE…and while supporting the military, I think its absurd to have women running around there doing dirty jobs. Men have trouble doing the war job…PTSD, etc…guys “freak out” all the time…how much more girls?!

  • Freddie Mac

    Like sexual orientation has anything to do with how well an individual does their job? Tom, wake up buddy, it’s the 21st Century. Change is going to happen whether you want it to or not. As far as women serving in leadership roles in combat infantry units, that will depend on how strong of a leader they are, not what is between their legs.

  • Doubting Thomas

    We are now no different than the Dutch military: Gays serve openly and women are in the infantry. We’ll be smoking pot before long. Someone tell me again how all of this is supposed to be a good thing?