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These are the first 4 women to complete infantry training in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps.

November 20, 2013

These are the first 4 women to complete infantry training in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps.

 

In the US military, women werent allowed to be in combat roles until the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta removed the ban just earlier this year. Prior to that, they were allowed to serve in the military still but only in non-combat roles. The modern reason for this is really just logistics. When you deploy two genders in combat situations, that means you have to double up on your infrastructure. Separate latrines, separate showers, separate sleeping arrangements. The military considered it to be an unnecessary burden and imposed a ban on women entering combat roles. The nature of warfare changes though, and those limitations arent necessarily as big a deal anymore. People in charge stopped caring, so the ban is now lifted and the US military subsequently committed to start deploying women in combat roles by 2016 at the latest.

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