Sending Office: Honorable Jackie Speier
Sent By:
Mitchel.Hochberg@mail.house.gov

Co-signers (22): Gallego, Cisneros, Carbajal, Escobar, Brown, Haaland, S. Davis, Kim, Norton, K. Hill, Khanna, Brownley, Nadler, Velázquez, Crow, D. K. Davis, DeFazio, McGovern, B. Lee, Trahan, Kuster, Kildee

Deadline: COB Wednesday, 9/11

 

Dear Colleague,

As the NDAA heads to conference, please join me in sending a letter to the conferees in support of gender integration of Marine Basic training. Marine basic training is the only remaining training program in the military that is segregated by gender. Ending
that policy would provide women with an earned opportunity to excel and make our military stronger.

Though the Marines have made some steps towards integrated training at the company level, they refuse to consider going the whole way, despite acknowledging that the platoon is the “building block for transforming recruits.”

Women comprise only 8% of the Marines and misconduct surrounding Marines United continues to have lasting repercussions. The Marines must do everything they can to improve cultural treatment of women.

Please contact Mitchel Hochberg in my office at 202-225-3531 or
Mitchel.Hochberg@mail.house.gov
to sign on or with any questions.

Sincerely,

Jackie Speier

 

LETTER TEXT:

Dear Chairman Inhofe, Ranking Member Reed, Chairman Smith, and Ranking Member Thornberry:

As House and Senate conferees negotiate the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), we encourage you to include Section 561 of the House-passed bill, which requires the Marine Corps to gender-integrate recruit training at Parris Island
within five years of NDAA enactment and San Diego within eight years. Marine Corps basic training is the only remaining training program in the entire military that is segregated by gender. Ending that policy would provide women with an earned opportunity
to excel and make our military stronger.

Though the Marines have successfully integrated a female training platoon into a male company and plan to continue using that model, they will not consider integrating training beyond the platoon level. Integration within the platoon level is important given
that the Marines call the platoon the “building block for transforming recruits.” The Marines are in the process of integrating combat units and they should train the way they fight. Women should have the opportunity to excel alongside their male colleagues,
receive the same treatment they do, and demonstrate that they are as Marine as anyone else.

Gender integration at the beginning of basic training would also help address cultural problems within the Marines. Women comprise only 8 percent of the service, the Corps has only two currently-serving female general officers, and the misconduct surrounding
Marines United  continue to have lasting adverse repercussions. Integrated recruit training placing men and women side by side in the Marine Corps’ formative training process would build a culture that respects women and treats them as peers. Though integration
may require logistical adjustments, the long lead time afforded by this provision should ease the process.

We urge you to include Section 561 in the final version of the FY20 NDAA to give women an equal chance to succeed in the Marine Corps. During the House NDAA mark up, every Democrat, including women and men who served in the Marines and Navy as enlisted and
officers, voted for this provision. Congress must lead on this issue.

 

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