Spencer Ackerman at Wired's Danger Room has the story:
Assistant Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford told Marine Corps Times that the Corps is now “soliciting volunteers” amongst women Marines for the Infantry Officers Course, the necessary pathway in the service to becoming a combat leader. Additionally, the Corps is opening up about 400 non-infantry jobs previously reserved for men, including amphibious assault; artillery; and low-altitude air defense.
It also sounds like the Marines won’t lower their standards to ensure women Marines can pass the course or get the newly-opened billets. “New functional fitness tests are being developed to help Marine Corps leaders determine how women and men perform in, and cope with, various combat tasks,” Marine Corps Times reports, in order to establish “gender-neutral” standards. Dunford said Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, would soon elaborate. (continue reading)