Marines looks for a few more good women in recruiting drive

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MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.  — The U.S. Marine Corps is looking for a few more good women — and this time the campaign’s a bit different.

Marine recruiters are turning to high school sports teams to find candidates who may be able to meet the Corps’ rigorous physical standards, including for front-line combat jobs now open to women.

Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller says he wants to increase the number of women in the Corps to 1 in 10.

That order now rests with the head of the Marine Corps’ recruiting command, Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy.

Kennedy is aggressively recruiting women. He’s sending targeted mailings, changing advertising to better represent female Marines, and traveling the country to meet with coaches and female athletes who may be well-suited for the rigors of Marine service.

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