A spokesman for Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller, Lt. Col. Eric Dent, said Mabus' memo is being reviewed. But officials familiar with the events said an irate Neller wants a one-on-one meeting with Carter to discuss the matter. They said Marine leaders don't want women and men training together and want to determine the implications of the change before doing anything. The officials spoke on anonymity because they were unauthorized to speak publicly about Neller's plans.Sorry. Neller had his chance to publicly come out with a position on this issue long ago...just like Dunford did.
This is too little too fucking late. But to get an idea of how much turmoil this is causing check this out...
"They're saying we are not going to change any standards," Kelly told reporters at the Pentagon. "There will be great pressure, whether it's 12 months from now, four years from now, because the question will be asked whether we've let women into these other roles, why aren't they staying in those other roles? Why aren't they advancing as infantry people?"The tribe is restless over this issue and leadership knows it. I can't wait to hear from those bastards at USNI Blog on this issue. They should be crowing their asses off. They pushed for it and won. Now that reality is hitting why are they quiet?
Kelly, who has been a Marine for 45 years and served three tours in Iraq, said the sole basis for change in the military should be whether the change will make units more lethal.
"If the answer to that is no, clearly don't do it. If the answer to that is, it shouldn't hurt, I would suggest that we shouldn't do it, because it might hurt," Kelly said.
Last. I am not amused. Marine leadership should have engaged on this long ago. They didn't so these moves should be viewed as they really are....face saving gestures to show that they tried.
Don't expect a thing to change.