Marines critique is revisionist history
Juliette Kayyem’s attempt at revisionist history falls short when describing the Marine Corps as “resistant to change” (“A revolution: women fight in the Marines,” Op-ed, April 30). During its 236-year history, the Corps has pioneered close air support, amphibious operations, vertical envelopment, maneuver warfare, and small wars tactics. Kayyem implies that the Marines stonewalled President Truman’s 1948 military desegregation policy, but it’s important to note that the other military services didn’t fully integrate immediately either (the Army did so in mid-1951, the Air Force in late 1950). In fact, the Marines issued a general policy of racial integration in December 1951 after a thorough study of black Marines’ superb performance in integrated combat units in the early phases of the Korean War.
It is preposterous to compare the female integration challenges of The Citadel, a small liberal arts college of approximately 2,000 students, to those of the Marine Corps, a military service of 200,000 responsible for fighting and winning our nation's wars. One institution creates college graduates, the other professional warriors.
the serious message should be that the Corps embraces change, and is leaning forward with its sister services to ensure that our nation remains safe from those who wish to do the United States harm.