Thank you lol.
I’m gonna have to disagree with this rant.
Look, you maintain a blog and obviously share enough information that people know you are a Marine. You also have made the choice to allow anonymous messaging.
A lot of curious askers are either poolees who just want to talk to someone in a job field they might be joining, or family members who are overly excited about what their Marine does. Some of them are just fucking weirdos.
How about this, so it’s clear to Marines: if you aren’t comfortable answering something, don’t. No one is forcing you to answer.
If you are that upset about being asked such questions, you should consider turning off anon or stop blogging. Being so upset about a fairly natural line of questioning, makes you sound like this:
I guess that’s two decisions that you have to make: 1) What job do you want, because if you aren’t stuck on the idea of being ground combat forces, then what does it matter?
2) More importantly, are you willing to let people talking crap about women in a completely different job field discourage you from joining an entire branch? Like, you seriously wouldn’t even try because it’s discouraged? If that’s the case, then you must not want it very badly.
You can spend your entire life letting other people’s opinions about what you should or shouldn’t do dictate your every decision. Or you can live the life that you chose to live. Up to you.
I’ve seen women make it in the Marines having to overcome massive family catastrophes, teen pregnancies, major injuries. I know a Captain who went through OCS five times because the first four attempts resulted in breaking a leg. These are five separate attempts. Five intensive application and selection periods. Five Training Day 0’s. Four failures. Despite the social climate, 13 young women have succeeded in infantry training, which has never been open to women. These are women who wanted to be Marines. They wanted it in their bones. They couldn’t continue their lives until they earned it. I know women who have been repeatedly turned down for military service because of injuries and health issues, and they never stopped fighting to earn their place. These women would kill to have the chance just to try.
And you don’t even want to make an attempt because women are still a questionable issue in combat roles. I would say you already quit, but it looks like you have no intention of starting.
You either want to be a Marine or you don’t. If you’re not even willing to try because someone discourages it, then you have your answer.