“It’s exciting to be the first female medical (field grade) officer with 2nd Tank Battalion, and I am honored to be holding the plank with some other outstanding female Marines and sailors that were also part of the women in combat integration,” Stout told a Marine combat correspondent.
Not to take away from the significance of the LCDR’s accomplishment but the Navy does not have “Filed Grade Officers”. Moreover, an O-4 in the US Navy is a Junior Officer, considered a Senior Officer at O-5 and O-6.
Well…she’s with an FMF unit, so she’s for all intents and purposes a field-grade officer.
Yes she is an 0-4 but no she is not a field grade officer. Being assigned to an FMF unit does not change a few things; 1) She is not a Marine 2) She is not a field grade officer 3) She is a Navy Officer.
Now the decision has to be made, where to put the vanity mirror on a tank?
They won’t need a new mirror. She can just use the same one that males use when they pose with their flexed muscles.
I can see it now 2nd Tank Bn packing list
Here is a perfect example of two stories that should never be thought about in the same sentence. 1) a female Navy 04 who is probably a surgeon assigned to a tank co. She will never see the inside of a tank unless she is getting a tour.
2) a female Navy 04 who is doing a damn good job keeping our fighting MEN in working condition working in a field hospital.
This PC BS blows my mind…………
Female corpsmen have served in various billets among FMF units. This Bn Surgeon is just that and will not drive a tank, work on a tank or lead Marines as she only leads her medical corpsmen. Plus as a non-combat per Geneva Convention she will not be firing any of those weapons.