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WASHINGTON — One of the first women to enter the Marine Corps infantry is being discharged from the service after admitting to having an intimate relationship with a subordinate — a fellow Marine she eventually married.
On their own, the legal charges against Cpl. Remedios Cruz, 26, are not uncommon in military investigations of U.S. troops. But they highlight the struggle the Marine Corps has had in integrating women into jobs that were only open to men before 2015.
“The biggest mistakes I’ve made in the infantry were from my personal relationships,” Cruz said. “I really want to move on.”
The article goes on to state the following:
As part of a deal to avoid going to trial, Cruz pleaded guilty to fraternization in July and decided to put the Marine Corps behind her. She is awaiting her final separation from the Marines.
She was one of three women who joined 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in January 2017. She was accused of three charges — fraternization, adultery and accessory to larceny — in separate investigations that would have been sent to court-martial in June.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 13, 2018
…”it was rare for a commander to recommend a court-martial after a pretrial hearing had already concluded that there was no probable cause for multiple charges”.https://t.co/MfS3Rc0JUs
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) September 13, 2018
One of first female infantry Marines discharged for relationship with subordinate https://t.co/UME5kIXHP4
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 13, 2018
One of the First Women in the Infantry Will Be Discharged From the Marineshttps://t.co/kt1IzJ6FNc
— JR (@ReganRprt) September 13, 2018
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