Male Marines listed being falsely accused of sexual harassment or assault as a top concern in a survey about moving women into combat jobs, and thousands indicated the change could prompt them to leave the service altogether.
The anonymous online questionnaire by the Marine Corps surveyed 53,000 troops last summer, with the results provided to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta before he opened thousands of combat positions to women last week. Among the other top concerns listed by male Marines were possible fraternization and preferential treatment of some Marines.
Respondents also worried that women would be limited because of pregnancy or personal issues that could affect a unit before it’s sent to the battlefield.
Both sexes mentioned intimate relationships between Marines and feeling obligated to protect female Marines among their top five concerns about the change.
Female Marines also said they worried about being targeted by enemies as POWs, the risk of sexual harassment or assault, and hygiene facilities, according to the survey, which did not give specifics. [They] also expressed concern about acceptance and physical abilities if given a ground combat job.
Military experts said the results were not surprising because the Marines have the highest percentage of males among the branches of the armed forces. Some, however, said the survey shows the need for sensitivity training and guidance from leadership so the change goes smoothly, as occurred when the military ended its policy that barred openly gay troops.
Both sexes surveyed said getting women closer to the action will improve their career opportunities.Truly our culture is falling victim to its own successes. Luxos is so plentiful and security so assumed that our society has few qualms about conducting social experiments on its guardians and treating the military like just any other big-government employment program*...so much so that even the Marines are targeted for sensitivity training.
And they're correct to fear accusations of sexual harassment, false or otherwise. For that is how one controls male response to female sexual solicitation...and thereby making a masculine culture become more feminine.
* We have "black jobs" at the Post Office...why not pinkified billets for grrls in the Marines?
HT: David Webb.