Female infantry Marines will sleep alongside their male counterparts while in the field without any special accommodations, a Marines Corps official said on Thursday.
Maj. Charles Anklam III, the executive officer for 1st Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp LeJeune, North Carolina – the first gender-integrated Marine infantry battalion – said that female Marines have been provided with private rooms and bathrooms in their living quarters but that no exception would be made in the field, where male and female Marines alike are expected to share any living spaces so as to keep unit cohesion and replicate battlefield conditions.
“We’re not changing our tactical posture or changing how we operate to accommodate the inclusion of female Marines,” Anklam explained.
In early January, the battalion welcomed its first three women infantry Marines – an occasion that also marked the first time that the Marine Corps had included women in a ground combat unit formerly open solely to men. While female Marines deployed to conflict zones have in the past shared tents with male soldiers, Anklam said that this was the first time that female Marines had done so during regular training with their combat unit.
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