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Navy Sec Wants More Opportunities for Women in Military

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 Jan 2016 12:23 PM

A long push by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for more job opportunities for women in the service has mostly been met with stiff resistance, Navy Times reports

The latest uphill battle centers on the Marine Corps' traditional gender-assigned boot camp, with Mabus ordering that they be made co-ed

A fully co-ed boot camp, however, is unlikely any time soon, Marine Corps Times reports

Still, Mabus has had notable successes in other areas, including in:
  • Submarine service for women: In 2009, Mabus told Navy Times he believed "women should have every opportunity to serve at sea," including "aboard submarines." But it took two years for the effort to pay off — and overcome fears about fraternization in close quarters. The first women officers reported to the sub fleet in late 2011, and the first enlisted women are set to report this year. Last year, Navy officials announced they'd open the SEALs to women who could pass the training.
  • Combat service for women: Marine Corps leaders recommended to Mabus that ground combat units like infantry and reconnaissance remain male-only after a study found women under-performed in these units and were more likely to be injured or hamper their teams. 
But Mabus called the study flawed — and prevailed. Last December, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced all four services would be opening every job specialty to women, without exception. 

According to Navy Times, another area where Mabus appears to have lost the fight with the tradition-bound service is in personnel reforms, like expanding opportunities for taking three years off and career flexibility. According to Navy Times, Marine officials have contended Mabus announced the reforms without consulting them.

"He has been open to ask and answer questions others of a more conservative background would not," retired Capt. Jerry Hendrix, a former naval flight officer, tells Navy Times.

"Mabus is sincerely interested in opening opportunities. And as a father of two daughters, I have to respect that."

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