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The same old song and dance. The New York Times reports on the Marines’ officer training camp which is set to go co-ed later this year. Though gender is the focus of the headline, the piece avoids asking the interesting questions and just glosses over the issue before moving on to describing the training in mundane detail:
This was one sequence in the Combat Endurance Test, the opening exercise in the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course — one of the most redoubtable male-only domains in the American military. And this session of the course could be the last male-only class. Beginning in September, the corps says, female officer volunteers will participate here, part of a study to gauge the feasibility of allowing female Marines to serve in more extensive combat roles.
Col. Todd S. Desgrosseilliers, the commander of the Basic School, which oversees the course, said he had no special concerns as the course prepares to accept women. “Nothing more so with women than with men,” he said.
“We expect them to be fit enough to go through the course when they get here, just like the men are.”
Yeah, that’s a good Marine. Just pretend like a humongous shit storm isn’t brewing off in the distance. Further pretend that this isn’t by design – the acrimony used as leverage to enact change. Of course women are expected to be fit enough to complete the course, but when biology rears its ugly head and only 5% of women (and 80% of men) pass the test, we all know what will happen. The same thing that happened in the piece I linked yesterday which reported on the Department of Justice investigating the Corpus Christi Police Department for disparate outcomes on similar physical fitness tests.