Legacy Of Female Marines

There are traits that are shared by all Marines, no matter what gender.  The Trials and strenuous training of Recruit Training for the Marine Corps does not discriminate.  Before and during the First World War, three hundred and five women served in the active Marine Corps Reserve.  After World War I, this unit was deactivated at the end of hostilities.  The Women’s Reserve was started again as part of the regular Marine Corps Reserve in 1942. The mission they carried out was to provide qualified and trained women for shore duty to free up men for combat duty.

Today’s Woman In The Marines

In today’s modern Marine Corps you can find women serving in ninety three percent of all the different occupational jobs found, and in sixty two percent of all the billets that are available.  The Marine Corps has currently six percent of its forces that are made up of women. About eight thousand five hundred women are currently active and serving in different jobs in the modern U.S. Marine Corps. Women serve with distinction and honor.  All Marines, men and women undergo the same training, at the Recruit Center at Parris Island, South Carolina.

There are some minor training differences but by and large it is the same training for each of the sexes when someone joins the U.S. Marines. The Marine Corps has never separated or integrated the first initial phases of training for Recruits entering their service.  This is seen as an ideal model for the first phases of boot camp, and the other four branches of U.S. Military service are examining it for possible adoption for their own Recruit training.

The Commandant of the Marines gave one famous quotation during World War II.  Commandant Thomas Holcomb said: There is not hardly any work that happens at Marine stations that is not performed by women, or that they can not do as well as men, they are real Marines. Basic training for women is at a Marine Post, in a Marine Environment, they have the same Marine traditions. They are Marines. Unlike early women pioneers in the U.S. Armed Forces, female Marines do not have a nickname, or an acronym, the have always been simply: Marines.

The first service to have a woman serving as a General was the U.S. Marines.  The first Woman to lose her life in service in combat happened in Afghanistan, where a crewmember of a C-130 aircraft lost her life.




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military dot image marissa...aspiring Marine    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i find it wonderful that females are not discriminated against in the USMC despite sexist ideology ever present in our society.

military dot image Jamie.. aspiring marine    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I think that its a great thing that they dont treat women anydifferent just because of their gender.. i have wanted to be a marine since i can remember and just hearing that they dont put you down just because of something so small is very reassuring.. i still dont know how many jobs there are for women out there in the marine corps and i would love to know.

military dot image Stephanie...Proud mother of a female Marine    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I couldn’t be more proud of my Marine. The Corps has made her resourceful, determined, and focused. She can stand toe to toe with any male Marine and be considered just as good, if not better. Oo-rah!

military dot image Betty    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am now, and have always been, extremely proud to be called a Marine. I proudly served from 1974-1977. Joining the Marines was one of the best decisions of my life. The pride of being a Marine never goes away; it grows with each passing year. To all my sisters who have been fortunate to have worn the uniform of the US Marines, God speed and Semper Fi !!

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