Marine Corps Trains Female Servicemembers
The Lioness program is a Marine Corps all female Search Team, that was first formed a number of years ago to support a culturally sensitive approach when female Muslim and Iraqi women needed to be searched. Because it is not culturally possible for men to search females, a program was created where female Marine Corps members were used to search female members of the Iraqi population.
There are a number of new training regiments that are working to train new members for the program. Female Marines are being trained for the Lioness program to help provide support for the program, which has been very successful at maintaining a level of security for a number of efforts. As the need for searching citizens to maintain security checkpoints increases, there is an increasing need for females search team members. The Lioness program has been a successful Marine Corps program that has provided trained and skilled female soldiers that can work to search members of the Iraqi citizens that are women.
About 50 percent of the citizens of the country of Iraq are women, and there is an ongoing active need to be able to search women along with male members of the citizens, without given a cultural insult. Using female members of the Marine Corps Lioness program, women can be searched to make sure they are not carrying weapons or explosive, or other contraband.