More Combat Units Open to Women in Marine Reserve

Earlier this month the Marine Corps announced that it was opening up more jobs in combat units to women in the Marine Reserves.

Although still barred from direct combat roles, this opens up certain jobs in the following Marine Corps units:

  • Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters and Services Company, 14th Tank Battalion
  • Headquarters and Services Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion
  • 3rd Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company
  • Headquarters and Support sections, 4th ANGLICO
  • Headquarters and Support sections, 6th ANGLICO

These openings are for women holding the rank of either captain, first lieutenant, second lieutenant, captain, staff sergeant or gunnery sergeant. The opened MOS fields that are opened are personnel and administration, recruiting and retention, logistics, intelligence, communications, public affairs, CBRN, electronics maintenance, aviation ordnance, meteorology and oceanography.

This is a similar change to the one made in January 2013, which opened up many non-combat jobs in combat units to women. The Marine Corps is also currently studying the possibility of allowing women in direct combat jobs by 2016.