The Marine Corps recently released the results of an experiment that measured the combat efficiency of all-male units against units with both male and female soldiers. The results were not politically correct.
According to QZ, the US Military removed its ban on women serving in combat roles in 2013. After the ban was lifted, the Marine Corps began its experiment in an effort to understand the impact of gender integration on military units. They found that all-male units outperformed the integrated units.
In the report, the Marine Corps states their reason for conducting the experiment,
“The Marine Corps holds as an axiom that all Marines, male and female, are equal and possess the same strong character demanded of United States Marines. Therefore, these studies principally focused on those unique physical and physiological demands of service in ground combat occupations and unites, while also analyzing the more intangible yet all-important aspects of unit cohesion and morale.”
When the ban was lifted, it became important for military officials to understand whether or not they would be able to perform at the levels required to achieve success in combat.
The experiment included 300 male marines and 100 female. Each unit trained for combat and experienced a simulated deployment. During the training and deployment, the military analyzed each aspect of their performance.
The report indicates that there were four different metrics by which the soldiers were measured: Speed, lethality, health and wellness, and injuries. The all-male units outperformed integrated units in each of these categories.
Additionally, all-male units did better than integrated units on 69 percent of the tasks that were evaluated. The experiment also showed that all-male teams were faster “in each tactical movement.” Lastly, all-male units showed superior accuracy to that of the gender-integrated teams.
It is also interesting to note that integrated teams suffered more injuries. As a matter of fact, female marines in particular sustained a higher rate of injuries than their male counterparts.
While the results of this experiment show that all-male units are more efficient than integrated unit, there is still more data to be gathered. It is important to note that the male participants in the study had previously served with combat units.
The Marine Corps measured the combat efficiency of all-male units against units with both male and female soldiers and found that all-male units outperformed the integrated units. Should they rethink allowing women to serve in combat?
The female participants were drawn directly from non-combat roles. This is because the experiment began shortly after the ban on females was lifted. The fact that the male soldiers had more experience could have skewed the findings.
Is it possible that an integrated unit could be just as effective as an all-male unit? Yes, it is possible, but the military must do more research to truly make an accurate determination. The key point to understand is that the military must operate at peak efficiency if they are going to defend the country.
If US armed forces find that integrated units cannot perform at the levels of all-male units, then they must rethink the makeup of the military. They must make decisions based on the lives of the service members sent to combat — not on the personal desires of the individual.