Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney

Marine Commander Germano’s case catches Senate’s attention

SUMMARY: The recent dismissal of Marine Commander Lieutenant Colonel Kate Germano has gained the attention of various senators in congress, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, longtime advocate of military sexual assault prevention and gender integration. Germano was dismissed for apparently creating a “hostile, unprofessional and abusive” command climate during her tiem as head of the 4th Recruit Training Battalion. Gillibrand questioned Lieutenant General Robert Neller on July 23rd, during the Marine Corps’ commandant’s nominee confirmation hearing. This hearing was with regard to women’s integration in close combat units. The Marine Corps Times reports claims that Germano’s dismissal is an “example of a way female Marines are encouraged to underachieve,” however the Marine Corps maintains that the dismissal was a result of Germano’s poor leadership and not a gender-based issue.

Clearly more information is needed and we look forward to finally hearing more from Germano herself on this in time.

SOURCE: Hope Hodge Seck, July 28 2015, ‘Fired Marine Officer’s case gets Senate attention,’ Marine Corps Times,

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