It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.
Under the direction of the Commander-in-Chief, the Secretary of Defense has ordered the armed services to fully integrate women into all phases of military duty, including ground combat forces. As we have previously noted, the Marine Corps is giving women the opportunity to take the enlisted and officers infantry training courses; 13 women have passed the enlisted course so far, but none of the 14 women who have attempted the officers’ course have passed yet. This week’s Rule 5 includes some of the articles concerning those attempts.
Pvt Kassandra Woodward smiles while talking about being the first woman in Indiana to complete the Marine Corps Infantry Training Battalion course. Woodward, of Vevay, and 12 other women have graduated through the ITB since it was opened up to them in 2013. Woodward, who hopes to serve for a full 20 years in the Marine Corps, said she joined because she wanted to prove that women could perform alongside the men. Even though Woodward and the other female graduates successfully completed the ITB, they will still have to work in non-infantry related job fields in the Corps. Woodward’s next stop will be Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where she will train to be a truck driver. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
Female Marines unload their rifles after a patrol with Afghan soldiers in Helmand province in June. The Marine Corps leadership has started an experiment to determine whether female Marine lieutenants have what it takes to become infantry officers and lead on the battlefield. Photo from this article at National Public Radio. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images) Click to enlarge.
US Marine and Female Engagement Team leader Sgt. Sheena Adams (l.) and H.N. Shannon Crowley from First Battalion, Eighth Marines sit in an armored vehicle before heading out on an operation from their base at Musa Qala in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province Nov. 13, 2010. (Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)