Marines testing women in combat jobs.

U.S. Marines Captain Elizabeth Jackson, 27, of Hamden, Connecticut (left)…

U.S. Marine Female Engagement Team in Naw Zad, Helmand
U.S. Marines Captain Elizabeth Jackson, 27, of Hamden, Connecticut (left) of the Civil Affairs Group of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment moves to give health care classes at the Naw Zad Women’s Center in Naw Zad district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 30, 2011. The purpose of U.S. Marine Female Engagment Teams is to interact with the female part of the Afghan population and render support to communities across the whole spectrum from education to health care, employment opportunities, economic development and security. Image: Simon Klingert/Flickr

Change doesn’t come easy to the United States Marine Corps,” Amos told an audience at the National Press Club. “But when it does, when it’s rooted, it lasts forever. So I think we’ll work our way through it.”

A key challenge will take place next month as female Marine officers attend the grueling infantry officer school at the Marine Corps’ Quantico, Va., base as part of an experiment to gauge whether women can handle the course’s extreme physical and mental challenges. So far, two women have volunteered to go through the 13-week course, which historically sees attrition rates of 20 percent to 25 percent when only men are participating.

“I need to get past hyperbole and get past intuition and instincts, and I need to get facts,” Amos said, adding that the Marines intend to maintain the same standards for men and women. “If you’re going to be infantry officer, you will spend 13 weeks at Quantico going through some very, very difficult training. So that’s the standard, the measure of an infantry officer in the Marine Corps.”

Read the rest of Lolita C. Baldor’s Associated Press article here.

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  • Jay C.

    I don’t mean to sound sexist at all, but a little eye candy is always nice. Let’s hope it doesn’t create too much distraction from the mission. Stay focused guys! And girls!

  • Jimbo Rambo

    I expect that most females who want to get into combat are brainwashed feminazis, not true females.Brainwashed by a upside down society ,that is creating meek males and aggressive females.Of course this will be one factor in America’s demise.

  • Chortles

    Aren’t the Australians using a “physical standards differ by MOS, not by gender” method instead?

  • Adam

    You have to change some standards, as the average physical capacity is simply different, or I should say they have different physical requirements to stay healthy (no matter which way I say it sounds sexist). One of the things I liked about the movie GI Jane was that it showed yes, they can do it at that standard, but it started causing a lot of problems not seen in male recruits. It’s more a case of not setting them up for failure and less “lowering standards” Marine Officer School is no joke, one way or the other, a slight change in physical fitness won’t change that.

  • Matt in Oklahoma

    I dont have an issue with women in the military but I do have an issue with changing the standards so they can meet them like the Army did when I was in.