By R. Lee Ermey
The 120-pound pack of Marine infantry combat gear hit the floor with a thud. It brought to attention all those present in the polished and pristine committee hearing room on Capitol Hill. The Marine who humped the pack into the room—the 12th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Gene Overstreet—issued a challenge for any woman in the room to pick up the pack and walk with it. “Never mind doing what Marines do,” he said, “carrying the pack 10 miles, then fighting with it.”
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There were a lot of gulps and mumbles and uneasy stirrings heard, but none of the women in the room picked up the pack. The point Sergeant Major Overstreet made was that while women may be as tough as men, they sure as hell aren’t as strong. And the strong are vital to infantry-type combat operations.
That was 1991. Today, The Gunny is almost sick with worry about the same subject. As 2015 was coming to a close in December, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced that women will be allowed to serve in all combat jobs in the U.S. military.
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Source:: Tactical Life