A retired female gunnery sergeant has blasted the Obama Administration’s plan to create a "unisex" look for the Marine Corps by swapping out the Marines' iconic hats with a new hat that some have derided as "girly," telling Megyn Kelly Thursday that the uniform change is appalling, and risks masculinizing female soldiers.
The proposed uniform change for the Marines would be the first major change in over 90 years, and retired Gunnery Sgt. Jessie Jane Duff of the organizing committee for Concerned Veterans for America said on “The Kelly File” that she feels that the Department of Defense should be worrying about other things.
“I’m appalled that the Department of Defense finds that gender neutral uniforms is their priority right now," Duff said. "Meanwhile we aren’t able to pay the death benefits of our marines and soldiers killed on the battlefield last week during the shutdown.”
While the proposed move has been criticized for supposedly feminizing male soldiers, Duff felt that the move damages the unique identity of the female soldiers.
“Women need a distinct identity. We are the fewer and the prouder, why would you want us to blend in with the men?”
Additionally, Duff told Megyn Kelly that the move actually risks masculinizing women.
“I really do think that this is about masculinizing the women. We have had standards changed left and right with this administration," she said. "We are looking at women in the infantry, we are looking at women doing male physical fitness tests at some point. We are looking at women becoming men.”