Marines face slew of force-wide sensitivity training

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    Recruits from Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, practice rear hand punches at the battalion’s physical training field July 21.  Photo credit:  Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton
    Recruits from Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, practice rear hand punches at the battalion’s physical training field July 21. Photo credit: Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton

    The US Marine Corps faces its toughest challenge yet — force-wide sensitivity training.

    Implemented in advance of women being integrated into combat arms units on a full-scale, the new seminar will focus on “unconscious bias” training, according to Fox News.

    Unconscious bias training focuses on subconscious prejudice based on factors like race and gender, as well as institutional change principles.

    “There’s no doubt we’re leading cultural change,” Brig. Gen. James Glynn told the website. “It’s not the first time for the Marine Corps, but we like a challenge.”

    The “challenge” continues, despite the fact that surveys show a significant majority of male Marines oppose having women serve alongside them in more combat-oriented jobs.

    New mobile training teams will be dispatched across the Corps come May of this year.

    “The purpose of the mobile training team is to begin to facilitate the cultural change… you’ve got to have the conservation,” Glynn said.

    Some people are up in arms over what they feel is a waste of resources.

    “All that time squandered on this stuff is time you are not spending training for war,” Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.)

    “If I could make one change to improve our combat effectiveness in the military — it would be turning all those equal-opportunity and sensitivity trainers and counselors into combat rifleman,” he said. “We need more rifles. We don’t need any more sensitivity.”

    The briefings will continue, despite extensive negative feedback by Marines and the general public alike.

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