Marines headed for mandatory sensitivity training
by Sam Rolley
As barbaric terrorists continue to rape and murder their way across the world, the Obama administration is working to create a kinder, gentler Marine Corps via “unconscious bias” training.
All Marines will soon undergo mandatory training to make sure that the nation’s toughest fighting force is sensitive to the differences between male soldiers and the female recruits who will soon begin arriving at boot camp.
Proponents of the sensitivity training argue that military studies like a recent Center for Naval Analysis report showing a “significant majority” of male Marines still opposing female combat troops merit the training.
In addition to making sure male soldiers are welcoming to new female recruits, the training will focus on making sure Marines are sensitive to racial differences.
Mobile training teams will be dispatched to installations across the Corps throughout May and June to offer a two-day seminar to majors and lieutenant colonels, Col. Anne Weinberg, deputy director of the Marine Corps Force Innovation Office, told reporters Thursday. Those officers will then train the Marines under them.
Topics include unconscious bias, which focuses on how people prejudge others based on factors such as race and gender, and principles of institutional change. The seminar will also walk officers through the elements of the Corps’ plan for opening ground combat jobs to women and include vignettes featuring challenges units might encounter.
Col. Anne Weinberg, deputy director of the Marine Corps Force Innovation Office, gave an example of how soldiers might have to think differently about lodging in combat and noncombat situations in the future.
“You’re in the field, you only have this certain amount of space for billeting and you’ve got three women and six guys. How are you going to billet?” Weinberg said. “Just some of these common sense things that these units probably haven’t had to deal with so that ground combat units haven’t had to deal with, but we’ve been dealing with in the rest of the Marine Corps for generations.”
Critics of the sensitivity training have called the Obama initiatives “social engineering” and raised questions about how much time the training is taking away from actual combat readiness.
“If I could make one change to improve our combat effectiveness in the military – it would be turning all those equal opportunity and sensitivity trainers and counselors into combat rifleman,” said Fox News military analyst Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.). “We need more rifles. We don’t need any more sensitivity.”