Marines could be ending longtime policy of separating male, female recruits during boot camp

Marines with the mixed-gender India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina.

By Greg Norman | Fox News

The only service branch of the U.S. armed forces that separates its male and female recruits during boot camp could be ditching that practice as soon as next year.

Lt. Gen. David Berger, the general nominated to lead the Marine Corps, made the announcement Tuesday during a Senate confirmation hearing.

“I talked to the commandant this morning about it and… I said, ‘We have to look at this for perhaps next year,’ and he said, ‘Absolutely,'” Berger said, according to Military.com. “I think it’s a discussion that he and I will have — and the Marine Corps will have.”

The website says those in favor of the change have argued that separating the two genders during training creates instant divisions and has led to tensions among male and female Marines in recent years.

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