General Says USMC ‘Not Training Women To Be Infantry Officers’

Last week the Marine Corps Times reported that the Marines will enroll women for the first time in its combat infantry officer training school. But Lt. Gen. Robert Milstead Jr., the deputy commandant for manpower and reserve affairs, told a Senate panel yesterday that the expanded training does not mean that the Marine Corps will send women into combat. “We are not training women to be infantry officers,” he said. “We do not have that authority. That authority rests with Congress.”