Female Marines Essay

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United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces under the U.S. Department of Defense. It is the smallest of the U.S. Armed Forces within the U.S. Department of Defense (Coast guard is the smallest branch of the Armed forces, however it falls under U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime). The United States Marine Corps authorized a Women’s Reserve in February 1943. By the end of the World War II, there were 820 officers and 17,640 enlisted female Marines. These women served in non-combat roles such as clerical positions, however some were parachute riggers, mechanics, radio operators, welders and more. Women were integrated into the regular Marines in 1948, and from then on female Marines would be on active duty stateside and overseas, assigned to all fields except infantry, artillery, armor, pilots and air crew. In 1993, first female Marine was accepted into…show more content…
The United States Marine Corps is a patriarchal society, emphasizing physical strengths behind their prestige. Since most female Marines do not have the physiological build of male Marines, they are often seen as inferior, and treated as though the only job available in the Corps, is to serve the male Marines. The literature review shows that most female Marines do not want to be “equal.” They know that physiologically they are not, and recognize the differences between the sexes, however they would like to be treated with the same respect. Often male Marines complain about female Marines wanting to be equal and criticize that the scoring of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Combat Fitness Test (CFT) are different for men and women. Nevertheless, scoring also takes into account age of the Marine, however, nobody seems to complain that older Marines are treated differently (Brownson, 2014, p.

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