Women in Maritime

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Mabus: Being combat-ready is not about gender

As the military departments approach the Oct. 1 deadline to submit requests for exemptions to the policy for women serving in ground combat positions, there are two things that I, as secretary of the Navy, would like to make clear: First, the Marine Corps is the world’s foremost expeditionary fighting force, and every decision I make is purposefully in support of maximizing its combat effectiveness. Second, this question is about standards, not gender; gender alone is not a justification for prohibiting a Marine from serving in a position for which she is qualified.

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Navy SEALs Ready to Open Doors to Women

The commander of the Navy's special warfare units is recommending that the SEALs and combat crew jobs be opened to women, but he warns that women will have greater risk of injury and says the service may be pressured to adjust or lower standards for the jobs.

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