Listen: Royal Marines, Marine Corps, Harassment discussed on The Jason Stapleton Program
"As long as she, she's not a hindrance to operational effectiveness. And so I know a lot of you old school marines. Look at this and you turn your nose up. You know a lot that the standard when I came in is that women don't belong in the Marine Corps that I talked to recruiters when I was in the marines and and right before I joined and there was in the Marine Corps, they did not actively recruit women. I don't know if they still don't actively recruit them, but I know when I was going through boot camp and prior to that nineteen ninety eight nineteen ninety nine. They were not actively recruiting women. Now they would try like all get out to get the guys, but they would not stop woman to try and get her to join because the general belief was that women don't belong in the Marine Corps. You talk to any of the Royal Marines. They don't let women into the Royal Marine corps. At least they didn't back when I was in service. They may have changed their policy now as well. But there were no women there. I can remember sitting and talking to the British royals. We love to marines. The only thing we the only thing we hate is that you got women in your in your military. He's like, that's it. We, she didn't. Have the women there. There is a it is very much a club, and I mean, I don't know whether it's right or wrong to me. I'm indifferent. As long as a woman can do the work, I don't care. I, I think it does cause a lot of problems. Line companies don't have the same problems that say a non infantry units have non-combat units have because there's no women there. So you have a group of some of the worst human beings on earth when it comes to just like, you know, the way they talk the way they interact and there it would you magin just sticking guys in a unit and there were no women there and it just we go weeks and weeks and then the woman shows up. It's like, it's like you've put a, you know, remember they put the goat out there in. Jurassic Park, and they just got it like sitting out there. And then all of a sudden the t. Rex comes up and just, you know, just takes the thing way and just destroys it. That's kind of what it's like. It's like setting around their slaughter. And so I there, but there are things that you don't have to worry about. So you don't have to worry about relationships in line companies because there might have been homosexuality in the units those in? I just I, they kept that stuff under wraps that they did because there was that was never something that you had was a relationship problem inside the unit. You also didn't have issues sexual harassment coming from inside the unit. Now, a sometimes guy's got a little crazy, and you have sexual harassment cases from guys who were in other units, but we didn't have a single sexual harassment case that I know of that I can remember the entire time. I was in the core because I went from an infantry unit aligned company to a sniper unit. And then I went from there to a recon team. It was all men all the time. There was, you know, we didn't have any sexual harassment issues. So those are things that you don't have to deal with in a line company because they don't mix the sexist together. Those are. All things that are now going to become an issue because women are moving into combat roles, and it's something that the Marine Corps in the army are going to have to figure out how to deal with because if not it is gonna hurt. Unit cohesion is going to hurt military readiness. It is gonna hurt operational effectiveness, and you can't have that may the marines are the toughest fighting force on the planet. They are absolutely brutal on the battlefield there. They're heartless in a fight and some of the bravest men I've ever met. I don't know how this is going to change all that. I just I hope it's for the better at the end of the day and not for the worse and and I'll I will reserve judgment until we see how it actually happens to.."