The Marine Corps will begin accepting male and female Marine volunteers to stand up an integrated task force as part of a deliberate, measured and responsible approach to integrating women into ground combat arms units and occupational specialties per MarAdmin 252/14.
The Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, which was previously announced March 2014, will be made up of approximately 500 male and female Marines and is slated to activate at Marine Corps BaseCamp Lejeune, N.C., in June.
Male and female Marines will take part in a research study that will assess the performance of integrated ground combat arms units and establish physical, physiological and performance standards for assignment to ground combat arms occupational specialties. The GCEITF is one of the efforts of the Marine Corps force integration plan to integrate female Marines into combat arms units and occupational specialties as directed by the Secretary of Defense, Jan. 24, 2013.
Recruiting briefs will be conducted through June 9 at bases and stations across the Corps. Those dates and locations can be found in the MarAdmin.
Marines interested in volunteering must provide informed consent through the Headquarters Marine Corps website, in telephone or in person during the specified recruiting briefs.
Enlisted Marines must be sergeants or below and have less than nine years of service. Male Marine volunteers will participate only within their primary military occupational specialty. Female Marines can volunteer to participate in their current military occupational specialty or choose from one of the following combat arms occupations: rifleman, light armored vehicle crewman, machine gunner, mortarman, infantry assaultman, antitank missileman, field artillery cannoneer, amphibious assault vehicle crewman and M1A1 tank crewman. For a full list of eligibility requirements, Marines should consult MarAdmin 252/14. To apply visit www.manpower.usmc.mil/application. Briefs take place at Marine Corps Base Quantico and throughout the National Capital Region June 2-6, according to MarAdmin.