USMC move to integrate boot camp more ends; future unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Marine Corps’ brief experiment integrating female recruits into an all-male unit for their initial training at boot camp has come to an end.

And officials at Parris Island, S.C., aren’t sure it will happen again.

The Corps has long refused to fully integrate its recruit training. This year for the first time, a platoon of female recruits was part of a company that included five all-male platoons. They lived in the same complex, but on different floors.

Normally all female recruits live and do part of their training on a separate part of the base.

Marines say they didn’t notice any problems during the brief experiment with increased integration. But the lack of disaster didn’t appear to change the Marine Corps’ steadfast opposition to combined-gender platoons at boot camp.

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