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Twenty-Nine Attempts By Female Officers On The Course, With None Passing


Marines-Female General



” Two female Marine officers who volunteered to attempt the Corps’ challenging Infantry Officer Course did not proceed beyond the first day of the course, a Marine Corps spokesperson confirms to the Free Beacon. The two were the only female officers attempting the course in the current cycle, which began Thursday in Quantico, Virginia.

  With the two most recent drops, there have been 29 attempts by female officers to pass the course since women have been allowed to volunteer, with none making it to graduation. (At least one woman has attempted the course more than once.) Only three female officers have made it beyond the initial day of training, a grueling evaluation known as the Combat Endurance Test, or CET. Male officers also regularly fail to pass the CET, and the overall course has a substantial attrition rate for males.

  The Marine Corps spokesperson, Captain Maureen Krebs, told the Free Beacon that the two officers, “did not meet the standards required of them on day one in order to continue on with the course.” Fifteen male officers also did not meet the standards. Of the 118 officers who began the course, 101 proceeded to the second day.  

  The Marine Corps, along with the other services, has been evaluating how to comply with the order to gender-integrate its combat arms specialties by the end of this year, or apply for special exemptions.

  The results of the Marine Corps’ experimentation thus far has revealed a pattern: Female enlisted Marines have been able to graduate from the enlisted School of Infantry’s Infantry Training Battalion in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, though at a lower rate than male enlisted Marines, while female officers have faced great difficulty in graduating from the course in Quantico. “


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Enter America’s Repository Of Pain, 100,000 Weapons Of War


FBI IED Collection



” Just outside the nation’s capital, amid suburban trappings like yogurt shops and yoga studios, chain sports bars and fast food franchises, sits a nondescript building few could guess contains the legacy of two wars terrorists fought with hidden bombs.

It’s the FBI’s repository of pain.

Inside the brightly-lit and highly secure warehouse that evokes “Raiders of The Lost Ark”, the Bureau has neatly stockpiled a “bomb library” of 100,000 remnants of improvised explosive devices, called IEDs, recovered by the U.S. military from battlegrounds mostly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They’ve been collected to examine as evidence and intelligence on IED makers, and also to study in order to design technology to defeat them and keep G.I.s alive.

Inside huge white cardboard boxes stacked up to the three-story ceiling are the bits and pieces, the ball bearings and shrapnel, the wires and circuit boards, the melted cell phones and cordless base stations that made weapons responsible for killing hundreds, if not more than a thousand, U.S. troops who deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn after the 9/11 attacks.”

U.S. Marines To Be Armed On Base At All Times Under Commandant’s New Plan




” Marine Corps Commandant Jim Amos is sponsoring tough new measures to be put in place in barracks across the service. His stated objective is to “reawaken” the Corps morally and reduce the incidences of bad behavior.

The General detailed his plan Monday during the General Officer Symposium at Quantico, Va. Included are a variety of new initiatives, such as the installation of security cameras in each barracks, an increase in the noncommissioned officers staff, as well as officers. Notably, the commandant has called for the arming of all Marines on duty at all times.

In his remarks, the commandant said, “It is impossible to overstate my pride in the brilliant performance of our Marines through 12 years of sustained combat,” his statement said. “As the Corps resets itself for the conflicts and crises to come, the magnificence of the many has thrown into sharp relief the failure of the few to live up to our high standards. Rather than wait for a creeping complacency to set in, I’m turning to my leaders at all levels to refocus Marines on what we do and who we are.” “