USAToday reports that few women have shown an interest in working in the combat arms that Ashton Carter and Ray Maybus worked so hard to open to them.
As part of an experimental program, 233 women who completed Marine Corps infantry and other ground combat schools are eligible for those jobs, but none has requested a formal transfer.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said opening the jobs would improve combat effectiveness because the military would draw from a larger pool of applicants for the infantry and other specialties.
“To succeed in our mission of national defense, we cannot afford to cut ourselves off from half the country’s talents and skills,” Carter said.
The military hopes that women will be more interested as time goes by. Yeah, i wouldn’t count on it – most men don’t want to be in combat arms jobs. I expect that the social justice warriors won’t sit still for the low participation by women and start riding the Pentagon to force women into those jobs.
The Marine Corps said it will move women into positions within infantry battalions to help mentor female Marines who may eventually enter the units.
The service said it is sending training teams to bases around the world to begin an initiative to help with the transition. The initiative will address issues such as “unconscious bias,” Marine Col. Anne Weinberg said.
I have an unconscious bias about people who can’t tell me how this helps us kill more the enemy, and why they’re trying so damn hard to shove a round peg into a square hole.
Thanks to Chief Tango for the link.
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