The Marines Wanted a University to Study Co-ed Boot Camp. No One AppliedMay 8, 2020 | :
by Gina Harkins
A planned independent, in-depth assessment of the Marine Corps‘ historically gender-segregated boot camp training model hasn’t started yet — because no one has volunteered to conduct it.
The service didn’t receive any applications following its November request for public universities to study the way it trains recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina, Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for the command, told Military.com.
The service has traditionally separated men and women there, though there have been some recent coed companies that trained together but lived in separate squad bays. The Marine Corps wanted a third-party study to provide “objective, data-driven recommendation for policy change” to improve entry-level training for incoming recruits.