The performance of women and men side by side in Iraq and Afghanistan has rendered the Combat Exclusion Policy irrelevant. It’s time to delete the asterisk after ‘Marines.’
Service to our nation in the armed forces is an experience that unites us all. Most of us in the military would agree that, other than good-natured inter- or intra-service rivalries, anything that divides us from within is anathema to the unity and teamwork expected of our profession. Nowhere is this truer than for the Marine Corps, where we train, deploy, and fight as an air-ground-logistics team, and where every Marine is proudly a rifleman.