Article: Women, Equality & the USMC

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Are All Marines Really Equal?


No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge rhe privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Given the 14th amendment and the inherent inequities in gender based physical requirements, particularly when promotion, longevity in the Marine Corps, and billet assignment are determined by a number of factors, to include physical standards, is there another way? Equal standards at recruit training.

Since the [US Marine Corps] Commandant also said, “We can’t afford to lower standards, we can’t make adjustments to what’s required on the battlefield,” unless the Marine Corps will discharge every woman who is unable to perform to male physical standards, “every Marine” is not true.

Source: Birdzell, B. (2013) Are All Marines Really Equal? Marine Corps Gazette – Quantico. March 2013. pp.8-9.


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