Medal of Honor recipient on women in combat: ‘The standard is the standard’

Matt Saintsing
January 09, 2019 - 12:06 pm

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle McNan

On the same day the Marine Corps had its first female graduate of the demanding Winter Mountain Leaders Course, former Marine and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer offered what he thinks about women in combat: M

“In the military, we don’t worry about your color of your skin, where you come from, your political views, what sex you are,” says Meyer in an opening salvo of where he stands in a now widely-circulated Twitter video. 

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“The standard is the standard. You are judged on by how you meet the standards and how you perform, and that’s the great thing about the military.” 

He then aimed directly at some men he knew who couldn’t cut it in combat, but who nevertheless had a seat at the table and in the platoon. 

“I’ve stood next to men who couldn’t pass the standards, who should have never had no fucking business to be standing in a gunfight where someone is trying to shoot at them,” he continues. “So, I don’t understand what the deal is.” 

The video is framed by a banner referencing the Corps' gender integration of boot camp for the first time. 

Rob O'neil, the Navy SEAL credited with shooting the round that killed Osama Bin Laden, also voiced his support of the hard-charging Marine who trailblazed in the Winter Mountain Leaders Course. 

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Meyer isn’t the only high-profile Marine to touch on the subject. 

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Olivia G. Ortiz

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller took to the podium of the Pentagon briefing room on March 10, 2017, to address the Corps in the wake of the Marines United revelation, a revenge-porn scandal that has rocked the service. 

“We’ve been fighting for 15 years, men and women side by side, okay? And women, they did their thing,” a visibly distraught Neller said. “And I don’t know what else they got to do to say yeah, okay, good to go.” 

“I mean, we all bring something to the game.” 

He went on to talk about a few Marines who happened to be women who were killed at a checkpoint in Iraq, along with a Sgt. Maj. “What do you got to do to get in?” he asked, suggesting women have shouldered more than their fair share of fighting over the years.

“I mean, come on guys, they just want to do their job, let them do their job. And you do yours, and you know what? It’ll all work out.” 

Meyer, who speaks with a more forceful and informal tone than the distinguished General, ends the video by saying, “and usually the people who are bitching about women being in combat are those guys who should have never fucking been there.” 

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