Women in more job fields, added maternity leave on top Marine’s priority list

U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David H. Berger, at a Senate hearing in December, 2019. STARS AND STRIPES
U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David H. Berger, at a Senate hearing in December, 2019. STARS AND STRIPES

Women in more job fields, added maternity leave on top Marine’s priority list

by Immanuel Johnson
Stars and Stripes

Furthering gender integration in job fields previously closed to women, expanding maternity leave and raising the intellectual bar for infantry troops are among the Marine Corps’ priorities, the service’s top officer said.

In a series of posts on Twitter last week, Commandant Gen. David Berger highlighted his “most important matters,” which also include barring officer and enlisted applicants with a prior conviction for gender-based violence and domestic violence.

It’s unclear why he chose to highlight the ban on applicants with gender-based or domestic violence convictions, which was the first of the measures he mentioned. His spokesman did not immediately respond to an inquiry seeking clarification.

The service already prohibits those convicted of sex-related crimes or domestic violence from serving, and such disqualifications can’t be waived, said Gunnery Sgt. Justin Kronenberg, a spokesman for Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

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