Marines’ Female Combat Training May Join With Men’s

For the first time, female U.S. Marines may be able to go to combat training in Southern California, which traditionally was reserved for males only.

If approved by senior Marine leaders, the change could happen as soon as next spring, The Associated Press reported. And it could be the first step in a broader campaign to give male Marines who do their initial training on the West Coast the opportunity to work with female colleagues early in their career as officials work to quash recurring problems with sexism and other bad behavior among Marines, according to Marine Corps officials.

Marine leaders are also considering allowing women to attend boot camp in San Diego, the officials said. Currently all women recruits go through boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, while male recruits go either there or to San Diego. The combat training comes after troops have finished boot camp, and is



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