A military watchdog says it’s distressing to see the famously lethal U.S. Marine Corps cave to political correctness and weaken its mission.
Marine Commandant General Robert B. Neller has announced that a first-ever platoon of fifty enlisted female recruits would be housed and trained alongside five male platoons in the 3rd Training Battalion at Parris Island.
The announcement is the latest controversy in the long-running debate over co-ed basic training, and it also comes after the Marines pushed back when the Obama administration demanded allowing women in front-line combat units.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness, says any gender integration should come after basic training when a new Marine is in advanced training.
“Remember, these are very young green recruits,” she says. “If you introduce gender integration, you distract young people because they are young people, they haven’t been trained yet to be disciplined Marines.”
Acting as an advocate for a lethal, well-trained military, Donnelly and CMR have fought a left-wing influence at the Pentagon over issues such as women in combat and, more recently, allowing openly transgenders serving in uniform.
Donnelly tells OneNewsNow you only have to look at the experiences of the U.S. Army to learn the lessons of the past.
“And I’m talking about experiences going back 25 years,” she stresses. “There’s a lot of indication that when you introduce all kinds of sexual issues into units that are supposed to be concentrated, you see a lot of social problems that detract from the mission.”
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