US Navy boss questions mixed-gender Marine squad study

US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (C) delivers remarks aboard the USS Freedom during his visit to the naval ship at Changi Naval Base in Singapore on May 11, 2013The head of the US Navy on Friday criticized a Marine Corps study that found all-male combat teams performed better than those that included women. The experiment has caused a stir in the US military because it raises questions about the efficacy of female frontline fighters just as the armed services are preparing to open all combat positions to women next year. During the three-month trial, a Marine battalion was divided into all-male and “gender-integrated” teams who performed a series of demanding tasks and training exercises in the sweltering California desert.

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