Can a female be an Infantry Officer?

Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by sarahrunner, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. sarahrunner

    sarahrunner New Member

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    If a female can meet the standards, and I know it is a big if, can they now have a chance to be a Marine Infantry Officer?
     
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    http://www.military.com/daily-news/...formal-opening-of-infantry-jobs-to-women.html
    Quoting from the article:
    "It's official: The Marine Corps is ready to give female Marines the title of infantrymen.
    The Marines announced today in an administrative message that those female Marines who have already passed enlisted infantry training and relevant job schools for combat arms positions are eligible to receive a ground combat arms military occupational specialty.
    The announcement comes shortly after the Corps submitted its plan for integration of combat arms jobs to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in keeping with a military-wide mandate.
    This means that at least 240 female Marines, who made their way through the Corps' Infantry Training Battalion near Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, over the last two years as part of a gender integration study, are now eligible for an infantry MOS and may request a lateral move into a ground combat unit, Marine officials said.
    To date, no female officers have passed infantry officers training.
    The number of eligible female Marines may be larger; a Marine Corps spokesman, Capt. Philip Kulczewski, said officials were awaiting an official figure from Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
    "Our Marines earned this. They volunteered, worked hard, completed the training, and earned these MOSs," the Marine commandant, Gen. Robert B. Neller, said in a statement. "Given the Secretary of Defense's decision last month, we now have the authority to award those qualified Marines the additional MOS, and we'll continue to keep faith with them. For Marines who are eligible and interested, they can now request to serve in those previously closed jobs."
    According to the announcement, Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs will grant the infantry titles as additional military occupational specialties for those who passed the training. Female Marines interested in moving into a combat field can then submit their request to Headquarters Marine Corps. However, those lateral moves will be processed only once the Marines' complete plan for integration is approved, officials said."
     
  3. AF6872

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    DD passed TBS and is a commissioned Marine Captain. All Marines are trained Infantry and FIRST TO FIGHT is not a joke contueing on to IOT is anther question . Sarah if you want it you can do it.
     
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  4. sarahrunner

    sarahrunner New Member

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    Thanks, these posts helped a lot.
     
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    Craig Member

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    The Army is definitely opening it up. A Cadet in my DS' Co just re-branched to Infantry.
     
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    Sarahrunner: great question but the answer is not so clear cut. In theory, the answer may be "yes" but per the quote above, it has yet to happen. In addition, the future will be crafted by both political and military influences. The wind can (and often has) blown in completely opposite directions on subjects like this.

    If I may offer a suggestion... focus on being an Officer of Marines first and less on the role of an Infantry Officer. Then, what ever happens... happens.
     
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