The Marine Corps ' first-ever mixed-gender training battalion will graduate from boot camp Friday, and it could serve as a model for more co-ed training companies moving forward. Having women train alongside men for the past 13 weeks was historic for the Marine Corps -- the only military service that still separates male and female enlisted recruits during entry-level training. The new Marines trained with 3rd Recruit Training Battalion's India Company, which included the female platoon and five male platoons.
The photographs were shared on the Facebook page "Marines United," which had a membership of active-duty and retired male Marines, Navy Corpsman and British Royal Marines. Along with identified female military members were photographs of unidentifiable women in various stages of undress, and included obscene comments about some of the women, officials said. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is now investigating.
In a historic first for the U. Marine Corpswomen will be able to train alongside men during boot camp. On Friday a platoon of about 50 female marines began training side-by-side with the men at the traditionally all-male battalion at a facility in Parris Island, South Carolina.
Last weekend, news first broke from The War Horse and Reveal that a Facebook group, Marines United, had a link to a Google drive folder containing hundreds of photos of women. Most women pictured were current or former service members. Some of the photos were stolen from Facebook or Instagram profiles, others were nude photos sent privately to boyfriends or husbands, and some photos or videos were taken without the women knowing.
A Marine general who "humiliated subordinates" and "devalued women" at his command, according to an official reportremains a leader in the Corps. His comments are triggering controversy for a service that has struggled with misogyny. As of Wednesday, Brig.
A RAND Corporation study released last month documenting the behavioral health of service members confirmed that out of the U. The results elicited countless jokes about how nobody needed a study to know that. The Marines have long had a reputation for attracting the most adventurous—and arguably reckless—recruits into its ranks.
After an investigation found members of all branches of the military had been sharing private photos of women online without their consent, a Facebook group was shut down in an effort to stop the sharing while the Department of Defense investigated. During the investigation, those sharing photos started posting them on Snapchatcontinuing the invasion of female service members' privacy. On March 4 it was revealed that a private Facebook group, Marines United, was sharing photos, many of them nude, of servicewomen and female veterans.
The U. Today, we learned that many Marines are semper fi to misogyny as we learned about a Facebook group where male Marines, both current and retired, posted and shared nude images of female colleagues. Thankfully, the NCIS is currently investigating the group and the photos, which were accessible in a Google drive with a link that was posted to Marines United.
Merrit Kennedy. The first female Marine to complete the course graduated on Monday. Master Gunnery Sgt.
It was a little past ten o'clock, and the weather outside was clear and gusty, typical of winters among the sand pines of coastal North Carolina. The woman—call her Judy—was checking into a new unit. She'd come to CIF to collect her standard issue of combat equipment. While Judy stood among the rows of stacked body armor, Kevlar helmets, and camouflage hiking packs, an infantryman named Brenden McDonel, who was standing a few places behind her in line, pulled out his phone and started surreptitiously taking her photograph.