The Marines are working on having boot gender integrated at the platoon level. By law, they have within five years to make it happen at Parris Island, eight years at San Diego.
One of the new wrinkles mentioned this week is the possibility of closing down both bases and building a single new one, with integrated facilities from the ground up.
Honestly, if that's what it takes, why not?
I love my miserable PI memories, but let's face it, between the heat and the hurricanes, training time is only gonna be more difficult to execute going forward. San Diego has the heat problems plus California's laundry list of usual bullshit.
And we can train recruits anywhere. PI and San Diego are both tiny. Shut down San Diego, and the only thing the locals will notice is more parking at the airport.
Wherever gets used needs to be south of the old mason-Dixon line just to allow for more training in the winter, which makes me think of 29 Palms first off. Unfortunately, while it's great for making recruits miserable, logistics and infrastructure down there has to be a stone bitch.
The Times suggested buying parts of Ft. Leonard Wood from the Army, and the more I look at it, the more I like it. Closer to a highway than Lejeune, two MOS schools already there, winters cold enough to make recruits miserable but not so cold as to interrupt training... if we gotta go that route, Ft. Lost in the Woods may be a winner.