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  1. 1. Women in the Infantry By Brice Hatcher
  2. 2.  USMC contracted RAND Group conduct to an analysis of integrating women in combat.  Women are likely to have higher attrition rate and serve less time. Therefore, to keep infantry at target strength increased spending on advertising, recruiting, and training will be necessary.  Additional costs would be necessary to overhaul facilities for two genders.  In fire departments, poorly fitting gear was an issue in over 70% of women. Unit cohesion between men and women suffered and led to 8 law suits at the NYPD that we studied.  In police departments men tended to be overbearing. Men were overprotective.
  3. 3.  Currently females have their own battalion at boot camp.  They have their own facilities and drill instructors.  Women conduct different physical fitness tests than men.
  4. 4.  JOHNSON: In 93 out of 134 tasks that we tested across the MOS's, the all- male groups outperformed the integrated groups.  COLONEL ANNE WEINBERG: I would characterize this as there is more to be learned.  BOWMAN: Faster and more lethal - that can mean the difference between life and death. The Marine Corps synopsis included this quote from a 1992 presidential commission. A military unit at maximum combat effectiveness is a military unit less likely to suffer casualties
  5. 5. Why is this an ethical issue?  ASH CARTER: And the Department's policy is that all ground combat positions will be open to women unless rigorous analysis of factual data shows that the positions must remain closed.  In 2015, after reading the RAND analysis and studying the results of the Marines’ integrated task force experiment, he over ruled the Marines and ordered all infantry jobs open to women.
  6. 6. Questions  Should gender equality be treated the same way in the military and more traditional business settings?  An ethical argument can be made for both positions, but we can only choose one. Is this a lose-lose situation?  Are there arguments for women in the infantry besides gender equality?  Are there possible solutions that have been overlooked?