In total, 113 enlisted women and 29 officers are serving in job fields that were previously restricted, according to Manpower and Reserve Affairs. But those numbers have seen a steady increase since 2015.
The numbers are low, especially compared to the Army, where nearly 800 women are serving in combat jobs that were previously closed, to include 18 women who have graduated from the Army’s Ranger School, Army Times reported.
But the low numbers of female Marines in previously closed jobs was expected, Gen. Robert B. Neller, told reporters at a media roundtable event Wednesday.
“I didn’t think there would be a lot and the numbers we’ve gotten so far are small,” Neller said.
When the Pentagon broke down the barriers for women to join combat fields the process was twofold: Women could join previously closed jobs or join previously closed units, Neller explained.