Lt. Col. Kate Germano (USMC, Ret.), Author of “Fight Like A Girl,” discusses how women are recruited in the armed services, and why the Marine Corps needs to change its cultural attitudes towards them.
Out of the military branches, The United States Marine Corps has the least women, with around 14,000 serving in 2011. With President Trump requesting a sharp increase in troop numbers across the board, that number may go up. Lt. Col. Kate Germano (USMC, Ret.), Author of “Fight Like A Girl,” says that women in the Marines are rare because of the culture, which starts early in the recruitment process. “From the very start, women are not actively recruited. We’re not doing the same things that we do with men, where the recruiters go out to high schools and actively search for people who are playing on sports teams, who are strong academically. We just allow women to come into the office and then join, that’s doing them a disservice and it’s doing the Marine Corps a disservice,” Germano said. “The Army is a great example of what happens when you do things well with recruiting women… they are actively advertising for them, to make sure that women understand that the opportunities exist and then they are training the recruiters on how to actually appeal to the women, and tell them that there are opportunities for them that they may not have in other segments of the economy.”