The Marines have always been an elite club. Their marketing solgan – “the few, the proud” – flaunts a philosophy of exclusion and domination. Their mandate – “every Marine is a rifleman” – is a reminder to civilian leaders that their primary purpose is to fight. They are not nation-builders. So the historic announcement that the Marine Corps will open up its infantry officer school at Quantico, Va., as well as some ground battalions to women was nothing short of a revolution 236 years in the making.
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