A North Carolina based battalion is making the news after official Marine leadership announced last week that men and women will sleep next to one another while fighting in combat zones.
This announcement comes after Camp Lejeune branch recently added three females to their regiment. The addition was based on a Pentagon’s directive issued in December 2015 that called on all military jobs to be open to women.
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Females in the field will not be given any special accommodations and are expected to sleep next to their male counterparts, a Marines Corps member told CBS.
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Maj. Charles Anklam III, executive officer for 1st Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune said, Marines in the field stay in varying conditions from large rooms to single shelter places with dozens of cots to sleeping under tarps to just nothing at all while in combat zones.
He also added, females will have private rooms and bathrooms available, but they will be expected to share living space while in the field with their male counterparts to keep unit cohesion and replicate battlefield conditions.
So, “We’re not changing our tactical posture or changing how we operate to accommodate the inclusion of female Marines,” Anklam explained.
The officer also noted that females have shared tents with their counterparts during previous times but this is the first time women will be doing it on a regular basis.