The Marines will soon be allowing women to serve in the infantry:
The Marine Corps school that produces infantry combat officers will enroll its first-ever female students this year, Marine Corps Times has learned.
As part of the service’s extensive research campaign to determine what additional jobs could be opened to women, an undetermined number of volunteers will attend the Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, Va., said Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Corps’ assistant commandant. There, Marine officers are groomed to serve in direct combat roles and lead troops into battle.
“We are in the process right now of soliciting volunteers,” Dunford said on Wednesday. [Marine Corps Times]
You can read more at the link but as I have stated repeatedly I don’t have a problem with women serving in the infantry if it means that they have to meet the same standards as men. I’m still waiting for the women’s rights groups to advocate for equal standards on the various military physical fitness tests. According to the article the Marines are developing gender neutral training standards for men and women attending infantry training. It will be interesting to see if these gender neutral training standards are in fact reduced standards in order to have more women in the infantry or will they be rigorous standards that most men have a hard time meeting much less women? Time will tell.