Book Review-‘U.S. Marine Corps Women’s Reserve ‘They Are Marines’: Uniforms and equipment in WorldWar II’ by J. Moran

By David F. Winkler, published December 2020


The United States Marine Corps has a mantra ‘First to Fight.’ They are also ‘Last to Adapt’ having been traditionally resistant to societal changes. Reportedly, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Joseph F. Dunford, who just retired as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was the sole service head to oppose the full integration of women into combat roles throughout the Corps. However, credit must be given when Marines are directed to change policies, as they do it with gusto. Upon learning the edict of the Secretary of Defense that women must be offered the opportunity to serve in combat units, Dunford’s relief as commandant, Gen. Robert B. Neller said, ‘It’s time to move out.’..

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