"The U.S. Marine Corps is reportedly considering a new plan to allow women to attend both boot camp and combat training alongside their fellow male recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, the Associated Press reports, a move that Corps officials claimed was intended to "quash recurring problems with sexism and other bad behavior among Marines."
The change could come "as soon as next spring," according to the AP.
All female Marine recruits currently attend boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina; home of the branch's only all-female training battalion. The first female infantry Marines graduated from Parris Island and signed enlistment contracts in January. But male recruits can go through both boot camp and combat training at either Parris Island or MCRD San Diego, while women are required to remain on the East Coast in their segregated battalion.
If approved, opening San Diego to female Marines "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," according to the AP â€" a plan that could help begin to stamp out the strains of sexism and misogyny that have roiled the Corps this year."CLICK to read more: http://bit.ly/2hJZoka