Marines involved in a controversial experiment evaluating a gender-integrated infantry unit say they feel betrayed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus after he criticized the results of a nine-month study that found women are injured more frequently and shoot less accurately in simulated combat conditions.“Our secretary of the Navy completely rolled the Marine Corps and the entire staff that was involved in putting this [experiment] in place under the bus,” said Sgt. Danielle Beck, a female anti-armor gunner with the task force.
The Marine Corps isn’t happy with SecNav calling them liars. Sgt. Beck and the others had at least tacit approval from higher echelons to speak on the record. That’s the senior uniformed leadership shooting back at Mabus, telling him their willing to fight a PR war.
Here’s a hint, Mr. Mabus- SecNavs come and go about every two years. The USMC publicity shop is eternal.