Field Conditions: First female Marine officer to lead assault amphibian vehicle platoon

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 04 October 2017



Field Conditions

Camp Pendleton Marine becomes first female officer to lead assault amphibian vehicle platoon,
OC Register, October 4, 2017.

We’ve seen problems under sustained combat loads in Iraq and Afganastan.

Capt Lauren F. Serrano

Captain Serrano addresses the sustained strains of extended Marine Corps combat infantary deployments in the field.

The Hill

I am of the opinion that every citizen, be they man or woman, has the obligation to serve until they fail, or attempt to serve until they cannot make the required standards for the task. My position is simple. Every citizen gets a shot at every job, and those who fill the standards get the job, those who don’t reach standard don’t get the job.

Captain Serrano’s experiences invite a closer examination of suitability, both in the short and long terms. Suitability to what? To sustained physical duress in hostile field conditions. Can the women able to achieve Marine Combat status sustain “field conditioning status” in the field over the long term in sustained combat conditions?

These conditions break strong men, given time. The question then becomes, how much different is the “profile of failure” for men and women subjected to sustained combat activities in the field? 


Let's explore this topic further:

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