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Posted by: Yahairah Aristy on Feb 11, 2021

This week San Diego celebrated a first that demonstrates how women continue to advance in our local community and society—the first female recruits began boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRD SD). A first in almost 100 years of MCRD SD’s history because the “Marines are decades behind other military services, which integrated their recruit training by the 1990s.”

While a celebratory moment for the advancement of women, a look at the journey of this historical moment reveals that absent legislative mandates the advancement of women in society continues to be slow-moving. 

In 2019 Congress passed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that mandated MCRD SD to integrate women into its training battalions by 2028. Absent this mandate, it is easy to imagine that integration would not have occurred given MCRD SD’s almost 100 years without integration.

This prevalent pattern of elected leaders needing to carry the torch of forcing integration of women in all aspects of society is a pattern that needs to be eradicated. The best way to eradicate this pattern is with individual and collective intentional action by each of us. When we act with the intent to acknowledge the value of women in society, everyone wins. 

Lawyers Club applauds MCRD SD for not waiting until 2028. We salute the first 60 female recruits marking this moment in history in San Diego – they are a vision of inspiration, bravery, and fortitude of the role of women in society. 


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