Impact of new rule on woman in combat uncertain

Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

Bakkar told the reporter she remembers telling him, “I’ll show you otherwise” and she went to boot camp and took the training without complaining.

“I never used that femininity to try to make things easier for myself or to get out of the physical training,” she said. “As long as you give your 100 percent and as long as you’re not asking for special treatment, then they respect you.”   

Officials at Marine Corps bases at Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune responding Thursday to questions about what changes could come from the lift of the ban said they are unable to conduct local interviews at this time.

In an effort to assist in this story, both public information offices provided a statement from Headquarters Marine Corps:

“The Commandant and the entire Marine Corps are dedicated to maintaining the highest levels of combat readiness and capitalizing upon every opportunity to enhance our warfighting capabilities and the contributions of every Marine; it’s simply the right thing to do.

“Our ongoing deliberate, measured and responsible approach to validate occupational performance standards for all Marines is consistent with (the Secretary of Defense’s) decision to rescind the direct combat exclusion rule for women.

“As our Corps moves forward with this process, our focus will remain on combat readiness and generating combat-ready units while simultaneously ensuring maximum success for every Marine. The talent pool from which we select our finest warfighters will consist of all qualified individuals, regardless of gender.” 



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