US Marine Corps Emblem, Author Institute of Heraldry (PD)
- As of 2011, there were 203,000 women on active duty in the military; another 129,960 in the National Guard and Reserve [1A].
- Men and women in the Marine Corps must meet the same standards for combat jobs .
- Though the vast majority of casualties have been men, at least 33 women have been killed in action in Afghanistan and 66 in Iraq. Over 900 women have been wounded in combat [1B].
The Marine Corps has admitted to Congress it is at a loss how to protect female Marines against social media predators .
Secretive groups like Marines United and Just the Tip of the Spear have obtained and shared nude photos of female Marines and recruits online [4A]. Other branches of the service are not immune . Hundreds of women are known to have been victimized.
This is a way of diminishing women. Some argue there a culture of misogyny in the Marines.
A Slow Response
Marine veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Thomas Brennan, who runs the nonprofit news organization The War Horse, first drew attention to the problem in January of this year [4B].
The approach by the Marine Corps has been slow, deliberate, and outdated. Meanwhile, Marines United (which claims some 30,000 members) has repeatedly traded one Facebook page for another.