Defense Secretary Ash Carter Announced All Military Occupations
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced all military occupations are open to women without exception beginning January 2016 (Pellerin, 2015). “As we move forward, we will maintain our standards and maximize the talent and skills of all Marines- male and female- to strengthen our Corps and increase our combat effectiveness,” said Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps (Schehl, 2015). However, this statement is in opposition to a previous study released by the Marine Corps, which criticizes full integration, therefore a communication plan is needed to support the implementation of DoD policy and to educate and inform key audiences of the transition of gender-integrated infantry units.
Marines are soldiers of the sea, providing forces and detachments to naval ships and shore operations. “We are global leaders, developing expeditionary doctrine and innovations that set the example, and leading other countries ' forces and agencies in multinational military operations. These unique capabilities make us ‘First to Fight,’ and our nation 's first line of defense” (Our Purpose, 2015). The Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis means always faithful, a Marine is defined by their faithfulness and dedication to duty, not their gender.
“Fully integrating women into all military positions will make the U.S. armed forces better and stronger but there will be problems to fix and challenges to overcome,” Defense Secretary Carter said (Pellerin,…