CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C — Three women have become the first female Marines to be permitted to serve ground combat roles—a move that some Christians have stated is contrary to God’s created order.
The women, who reported on Thursday to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment at Camp LeJuene in North Carolina, will serve as rifleman, machine gunner and mortar Marine. Their names have not been released.
Several female Marines in leadership roles were to be placed in the unit to help with acclimation.
“That leadership consists of a logistics officer, motor transportation officer and a wire chief,” 1st Lt. John McCombs told reporters. “They will have been in place for at least 90 days prior to the first female infantry Marines arriving to the unit. This process ensures the Marine Corps will adhere to its standards and will continue its emphasis on combat readiness.”
While women have been able to serve in military support roles in various capacities, since 1994, they have been prohibited from being assigned to front-line ground combat. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced in 2013 prior to his departure that he had planned to make the change to bring about a “fully inclusive military.”
In December 2015, new Secretary Ash Carter announced that the U.S. Department of Defense would open up all combat roles to women for the first time in the nation’s history.
“They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALS, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men,” he said.
But some said that the idea violates God’s created order and His design for men to be the warriors and protectors.
“Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers’ houses, according to the number of names, every male individually, from twenty years old and above—all who are able to go to war in Israel,” Numbers 1:2-3 outlines.
“Shame on us. Shame on us for treating women with such disrespect,” Michael Farris, a constitutional attorney and chancellor of Patrick Henry College in Virginia opined on the matter. “Shame on us for denying that God created men and women with genuine physical differences that matter.”
“Shame on us if we continue to pursue a form of radical feminism that denies the intrinsic dignity of women,” he stated. “A nation that sends its women to war is a nation of cowardly men.”
CNN notes that President-elect Donald Trump had Tweeted a comment in 2013 that suggested he had concerns about both men and women serving together.
“26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military—only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” he asked.
But Trump outlined to reporter Chris Cuomo in 2015 that he doesn’t believe women should be removed from the Armed Forces altogether.
“Would you let women fight in the military, in the rangers and all the elite groups?” Cuomo asked.
“Yeah, I guess the answer is yes because they’re really into it, and some of them are really, really good,” Trump replied, but said he would also wish to obtain the opinions of military generals.
Gen. James Mattis, who Trump has selected to serve as the next secretary of defense, has questioned whether women are suitable for carrying out the “intimate killing” required in ground combat. According to Military.com, he has also outlined that he is worried about “eros” in the trenches, opining that it is not wise to put “healthy young men and women together and we expect them to act like little saints.”