Females in combat roles.
Man there so many opinions on this, but the fact of the matter is that females are now permitted to be in combat and combat support roles… so now we move from opinions to facts about women who are entering are entering these MOS’s.
I had the incredible opportunity to speak with PFC. Gudgell, an 0811 Cannoneer that just graduated MOS school 18 August 2020.
What did I learn?
Females and males are now fully integrated in boot camp – although irrelevant for the topic at hand, I was not aware that females had fully integrated with males in boot camp. PFC Gudgell’s platoon participated in training together, but they were not fully integrated. Going forward, they are all fully integrated.
Females in combat MOS roles have different PFT/CFT requirements – even in boot camp the Marines with these MOS’s are pulled out and perform their tests with each other.
Mentorship will take time for females in combat roles from other females – there are very few female NCO’s and SNCO’s in combat MOS’s because the option to join is so new, therefore there it is difficult for junior Female Marines to know what to anticipate regarding training and the fleet. This will take time as more females enter combat roles and rise through the ranks.
Females are held to the same standards as their male counterparts in MOS training – as it should be.
MOS Instructors and their Leadership are making female Marines aware of their support – once the Marines arrived for training all females were pulled aside and told by leadership that there is a open door policy for reporting inappropriate behavior. I give kudos to the Marine Corps for making these females aware this will not be tolerated from either side.
There is so much more that will come from a learning perspective as more females join combat MOS’s.
But also, I would like to say that as a Female Marine I am damn proud to see PFC Gudgell and other females have the courage to represent females in an environment that is so new to the Marine Corps culture.