Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, Representing California’s 46th Congressional District
STATEMENT, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2013
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sanchez: Barb Solish, 202-226-8373/Barb.Solish@mail.house.gov
REP. SANCHEZ CONGRATULATES FIRST FEMALE MARINE INFANTRY TRAINING GRADUATES
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and founder and chair of the Congressional Caucus on Women in the Military, today released the following statement congratulating the first four women to complete the Marine Corps infantry training course. Three will graduate today and the fourth will graduate after recovering from an injury.
“I would like congratulate the first women in our nation’s history to graduate from the Marine Corps infantry training course. Their commitment, courage, strength and sacrifice are an inspiration to us all and proof positive that women deserve the same opportunity as men to serve in our armed forces.
“These women are clearly ready. Unfortunately, the Marine Corps isn’t. The Corps is not convinced that these women should be permitted to serve in combat roles and they will not be assigned to infantry units or earn an infantry occupational specialty.
“I understand that the Department of Defense is still developing implementation plans and reviewing and validating gender-neutral standards, but there is no reason to hold these women back now. I am exploring options so that these women, and the next graduating class, can immediately serve in the jobs they are trained for.”
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proud to represent California’s 46th Congressional District, which includes the cities of Anaheim, Santa Ana, and parts of the cities of Garden Grove and Orange in Orange County. She serves as Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and the second ranked Democrat on the Committee on Homeland Security. Rep. Sanchez is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and sits on the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Economic Committee.