Last IOC in Marine infantry experiment drops female officers

The two-and-a-half year period in which the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course became gender-integrated for research will end without a single female graduate.

The final iteration of IOC to accept female Marines on a volunteer basis began April 2 with two female participants. One was a volunteer and one was a member of the newly integrated ground intelligence track.

Both were dropped that same day during the grueling initial Combat Endurance Test, said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a spokeswoman for Headquarters Marine Corps. Nine of the 90 men who began the course were also cut.

via Last IOC in Marine infantry experiment drops female officers.

A lot of time and money wasted, but… the Marine Corps now has significant evidence to support its likely recommendation to not open certain ground combat career fields to women.

Of course, the feminist argument will be that the standards of IOC are arbitrary andย  capricious, and should be watered down.


4 thoughts on “Last IOC in Marine infantry experiment drops female officers”

  1. What happens to the guy after he’s cut from the course? My understanding is that course is required to be able to go any further, so I have the impression the Corps shows him the door.

    Yeah, I did that last intentionally. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Many end up as Intel officers. He’s still been groomed through OCS/PLC/ROTC and TBS, no point in throwing that all away just because he can’t hack the infantry.

    2. Given that Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children are an infantry organization I think I’d just as soon be shown the door. I don’t think I’d be able to hold my head up after that.

    3. Indeed. What is more ironic is that the Intel officer “owns” the Recon Marines when they work for a command. So you’ve got an infantry officer washout serving as OIC for your most highly trained infantry Marines. Not a big deal when it happens, just kind of funny. ๐Ÿ™‚

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