Veterans respond to Marines hooking up at basic infantry training

A video taken from a Marine training facility is going viral, and not for the right reasons.

The video, which was posted by popular Marine-related Instagram account, appears to show a female Marine making out with a male Marine in a stairway during training.

The blonde in the video is possibly a female based on her hair which appears to have French braids.

The video generated controversy, particularly among those who remember when specific occupational specialties within the Marine Corps and other military branches were male-only.

According to the Instagram post, the incident took place at Marine Combat Training (MCT), which is located at the School of Infantry (SOI) at Camp Pendleton and Camp Geiger.

The MCT is a basic infantry training condensed into 29 days for Marines whose MOS is not infantry.

“All co-ed units seem to end up with this kind of drama,” one user wrote. “I’m glad I was in the Infantry when it was males only.”

“It’s almost like putting a bunch of horny 18 & 19-year-olds into seclusion and making them trauma bond is a bad idea,” another chimed in.

“ I feel like this always happens in mixed platoons everywhere,” a third wrote.

Another claimed that posting the video went against a “brotherhood code.”

“Whoever recorded and uploaded this needs to be courts martialed,” they wrote. “There’s no better way to destroy unit integrity than to violate the trust of your brothers.”

The topic of the still relatively recent integration of women into all branches and occupational specialties of the military is still quite contentious, as it has raised discussions about lowered standards and impact to morale.

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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