The Marine Corps should stop using any gender-specific identifiers for training soldiers, according to a recent academic research from the University of Pittsburgh.
According to the Marine Corps Times, scholars urged the Marine Corps that recruits should stop addressing drill instructors as “sir” or “ma’am.”
In 2020, $2 million will be used to explore gender-integrated recruit training in military contexts by the Neuromuscular Research Lab, Warrior Human Performance Research Center, and Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh. In June 2022, the 738-page report was released.
The authors went on to claim that gender-integrated training aids recruits in learning to operate in such circumstances, eliminates gender prejudices and preconceptions, broadens viewpoints, and ultimately fosters relationships and boosts motivation and competition.
The University of Pittsburgh paper identifies several alleged ways that Marine Corps boot camp prioritizes male recruits and establishes male Marines as the norm.
When offering instances of real-world heroism and leadership, the stories of male Marines and sailors are entirely emphasized in “core values” led conversations in three of the five military history courses taught at boot camp.
Up until 2019, all female recruits were trained in a single battalion at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, where the Corps currently has the lowest proportion of female service personnel.
Both Marine Corps boot camps now train women, but training materials have been reluctant to adapt to this reality.
When and if the Marine Corps makes the radical change remains to be seen, however under the Biden administration the U.S. military has begun to take increasingly radical stances on “woke” issues, such as transgenderism, in all of its branches.