MARINES TURN TO GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TEAMS FOR RECRUITS

AP

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The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women.

And this time the campaign is a bit different. Marine recruiters are turning to girls high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps’ rigorous physical standards, including for the front-line combat jobs now open to women.

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10.

“I’ve told them that 10 percent is where we want to go and they’re working on it,” Neller told The Associated Press in an interview. “Go recruit more women. Find them. They’re out there.”

For years, only about 7 percent to 8 percent of the Corps, which numbers 184,200, has been women. It’s the smallest percentage of women among all the military services. But on the heels of the Pentagon decision to allow women who qualify to serve in combat jobs, thousands of new infantry, armor and other front-line posts are now open.

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2 comments on “MARINES TURN TO GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS TEAMS FOR RECRUITS
  1. A good gesture on the part of the Marine Corps. While this will increase the number of women who meet the physical qualifications, it still will not achieve the desired number. It’s all about the numbers and they simply won’t be there – the only solution will eventually to lower – sorry — correct the standard so more women can qualify.

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