The Gunny: Loud & Clear

TW • The first female Marine lieutenants are taking Combat…

TW • The first female Marine lieutenants are taking Combat Leadership Tests at Quantico, VA. It’s a grueling, hard course for 86 days where one in five of all Marines taking the course fail. What’s your opinion?

While I think it is great that women want to be there, I hope the military brass doesn’t relax the standards. But that’s the problem, things like telling the men they have to do three pull-ups or get kicked out of the school, then telling the women they only have to do one—or just hang on the bar. Wait a freaking minute! Aren’t they all doing the same job in the field? If these women want to go into combat with the men, in my opinion, they’ve got to perform like the men.

TW • On a typical patrol, a Marine carries 70 to 80 pounds of gear. Is it hard for a woman to handle that?

Absolutely. And while it’s sometimes said that women are as physically tough as men, they’re damn sure not as strong as men. You get into a combat situation, you’ve got an 80-pound pack on your back, you’ve got five canteens around your waist, you’re carrying a base-plate for a mortar—because that’s shared amongst the platoon—you’re carrying a couple of mortar rounds weighing about 10 pounds each—they’re spread out through the platoon. If a woman can’t physically do it, the guys have to carry her share of the load. Is that fair to the men—carrying all the stuff she can’t carry? It will affect unit cohesion. God bless their souls for wanting to help, but if they can’t carry their share of the load in combat, we don’t want them in combat.

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TW • The Marines have announced that the three Marines who urinated on a dead Taliban in Afghanistan are being punished. The exact sentences were not revealed. Any problem with that?

Unfortunately things like that happen in the heat of battle. I think it’s something that should not have happened. Their CO can take care of something like this, however it is not something they should be kicked out of the Corps for.

TW • Are the impending military spending cuts wise?

Nobody picks on the big strong guy, do they? We’ve been that guy for years, and now they want to drain our military strength, and the military leaders are up in arms concerning this serious matter.

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