‘Ugly women’ wanted


This photo, taken by Pfc. Harlee Bradford (center), shows the first female Marines to complete the enlisted infantry training course. Bradford posted the image to her Instagram this month, saying: “And then there was four.” (Photo courtesy of Harlee Bradford)

Update 2: First women to complete Marine infantry training won’t be allowed to serve as grunts.*

Original post: Use photos of “average-looking women” with stories about female combat soldiers,  Col. Lynette Arnhart has advised Army public affairs, Politico reports, citing an internal Army email.

“In general,” Arnhart writes, “ugly women are perceived as competent while pretty women are perceived as having used their looks to get ahead.”

Arnhart has been studying how to integrate women into combat roles.

Update 1: Meanwhile, women in the Marine Corps are about to make history, according to the Marine Corps Times, by passing the infantry course. The Military Times Battle Rattle blog has interviewed Pfc. Harlee “Rambo” Bradford (above center). Bradford’s leg has a stress fracture that will keep her out of the last fitness and combat test. But her three friends (above), who remain unnamed, will graduate from enlisted infantry training course on Thursday at Camp Geiger, N.C.

Would Bradford and her fellow Marines pass Arnhart’s average-looking test? What’s more beautiful than an accomplished woman.

Update 2: The three women pictured above with Bradford will not be allowed to serve in an infantry unit, the Washington Post reports. The corps says it will take two more years — and many more women passing the courses — before it lets women become grunts.