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Marine Corps offers a timeline for when gender-integrated boot camp at the platoon level will begin


The US Marine Corps is struggling with the transformation of sex-segregated boot camps, and have hinted at a timeline for when such training will become co-ed.

Currently the only service that has yet to integrate men and women together, the Corps has seemingly been reluctant to mess with the recipe that has brought them success over the years.

The Defense Advisory on Women in the Services received a report from the USMC in late July, outlining when such changes may take place.

According to the Marine Corps Times, the USMC has shifted much focus to finding and training a sizable cadre of female drill instructors that would be up to the task, as well as dealing with more logistical challenges.

“The Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina has to integrate boot camp at the platoon level within five years, according to the law passed in December of 2019,” MCT reports.

Although nine training cycles from January to April of this year, the program has been largely disrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

These training cycles were conducted in same-sex fashion, and no co-ed training has taken place at the platoon level.

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