The Marine Corps (ILC) was ordered to submit a plan for the initial joint training of its servicemen and to make their posts more gender-neutral, following the latest trends in the opening of all combat positions for women.
In a memo from 1 in January 2016, Corps Commander General Robert Neller, Navy Minister Ray Meibas asked for a “detailed plan” of how the Corps would integrate its recruit training center and officer school. The note states that the plan should be ready for January 15, and its full implementation on April 1.
“The implementation plan of the Ministry of the Navy should include gender integration of the recruit training center and the marine infantry school,” writes Meibas. “In the presented document, determine where this training is already integrated, where it is still divided, and the special activities that you will take to fully combine these two preparations.”
In the second note by Mebas Neller of the same day, the Minister of the Navy ordered the corps to conduct a full inspection of its military occupational specialties (MES) in order to guarantee their gender neutrality.
“Upon achieving the full integration of the armed forces ... we will be able to update the job titles and their descriptions in order to demonstrate that women are included in these MESs,” writes Meibas. “Please check all the job titles in the ILC and ensure their gender integration, also removing the words“ man ”from the job titles and submit me a report on implementation in the shortest possible time, but no later than April 1 of the year 2016.”
The official representative of the Navy (who wished to remain anonymous) said that they had already received a similar note relating to their MAS and their descriptions. However, Maybas is not going to demand the replacement of canonical names as “infantryman” (infantryman), “rifleman” (shooter) or “midshipman” (cadet of the naval academy).
"The idea is not to change all the names and terms where the word" man "is present. ... But where the word" man "appears as a separate word ... they want to change the name."
Examples of similar job titles at the ILC include the “reconnaissance man” (reconnaissance), “fire support man” (fire support specialist) and field artillery sensor support man (specialist field artillery devices). In these cases, the spokesman said, the word "man" can simply be removed from these names.
Corps representatives confirmed receipt of both documents. Lieutenant Colonel Eric Dent, a spokesman for Neller, said that the ILC "is working hard to be in line with the establishment of the Minister of Defense." CMP presented its implementation plan to Meibas and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in December, which is currently being studied by a working group of the Department of Defense.
Each type of armed forces had to submit a similar plan on January 1. Army plans fleet, aviation and the Marine Corps, according to a note from the Ministry of Defense, were to include “schedules for the integration of newly opened specialties and posts using existing recruitment, entry, training and appointment procedures.”
Since Maybass’s note on integrating the center of recruits was not sent after this period, the Corps representative said that the ILC does not plan to include details on changing its initial training. A representative of the ILC, speaking on condition of anonymity, called the 15-day deadline for the submission of the plan to integrate the center of training of infantry to Meibas as an “aggressive term”.
“It’s necessary to think ... how many personnel to bring, how many instructors are needed for building training, what command personnel and support personnel are needed for all of this,” a representative of the ILC reflects. “The barracks in San Diego are H-shaped, so you can see everything that happens inside.” If women are settled there, do you have to curtain all the windows or give them the whole building? Or is there a floor for men and a floor for women? ”
If candidates for marine officers, women and men, have been trained together for many years, then the marines remain the only kind of troops sharing their recruits. Female recruits are trained only at the Marine Corps Training Center in South Carolina, where they live and are trained separately from their male colleagues.
KMP officials have long praised the advantages of this model, since it allows us to intensify mentoring between female instructors and women in their submission. But critics say it can have negative consequences, because women recruits do not have the same physical standards as their male counterparts.
It is not yet clear whether the West Coast training center will also be open for women in the coming months, but Meibas wrote that “co-location does not meet the requirements for general combat training of both sexes”.
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In the video, KMP Commander Robert Neller talks about the integration of women in combat positions.
The answer was to be the adoption of a decision within the framework of all the armed forces, which was announced in December 2015 by the Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.