Marine Corps integrates male and female platoons during boot camp for the first time

first_imgABC News(PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.) — For the first time in its history, the Marine Corps will integrate female and male platoons during boot camp.Unlike the other services, the Marine Corps has not fully integrated women and men during recruit training. Instead, at Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina, the first three battalions are all-male, while the fourth battalion is all-female.“On January 5, 2019, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, will start their training cycle with one female platoon and five male platoons,” the Marine Corps said in a statement Friday, first reported by ABC News.While the change is not permanent, a Marine Corps spokesman told ABC News that the service “will certainly look at how the company performs in this model as we continually evaluate how we make Marines.”The Marine Corps, which has the lowest percentage of women among the services at just under 9 percent, decided to incorporate the 50 female recruits into the historically all-male battalion because the recruiting classes are typically much smaller in the winter months. The integration allowed Parris Island to not activate 4th Recruit Training Battalion staff for a single female platoon.“The decision was made by Marine Corps leadership in support of training efficiency and is a first in the history of Marine Corps recruit training,” the statement said.The female recruits will still be led by female Drill Instructors, but will live in barracks co-inhabited by their male counterparts.“This training cycle of about 300 recruits will provide Recruit Depot staff a unique opportunity to assess outcomes, achievements and challenges in training, logistics and resource impacts of this company training model,” the Marine Corps said.Despite segregated male and female battalions, the Marine Corps has been increasing the amount of training men and women do together — something ABC News saw first hand during a visit to Parris Island in February.“The value of increasing the amount of integration that occurs between male and female recruits is that with increased exposure and socialization we address some of the attitudes that male recruits might have about female recruits and vice versa,” Lt. Col. Misty Posey, who leads the 4th Battalion, told ABC News during that visit.Posey didn’t see gender segregation as a detriment, but praised the Corps’ efforts to have more instances of men and women interacting in their training, beyond just merely operating side by side. Sixty percent of recruit training is now either gender-integrated or co-located, according to the Marine Corps.Male and female recruits complete the Combat Fitness Test exercises together: running side by side, facing each other while lifting the same 30-pound ammunition can over their heads, and sometimes even carrying one another on their backs. The genders are also integrated during the end of “The Crucible” — the 54-hour culminating event of training where recruits face physical, mental, and moral challenges with only eight hours of sleep over the three days. They now hike the last nine miles of the event together.The Marine Corps’ West Coast recruit training in San Diego has not been opened to female recruits, something the Corps has said is due to the low number of women enlisting in the service.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,ABC News(PARRIS ISLAND, S.C.) — For the first time in its history, the Marine Corps will integrate female and male platoons during boot camp.Unlike the other services, the Marine Corps has not fully integrated women and men during recruit training. Instead, at Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina, the first three battalions are all-male, while the fourth battalion is all-female.“On January 5, 2019, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, will start their training cycle with one female platoon and five male platoons,” the Marine Corps said in a statement Friday, first reported by ABC News.While the change is not permanent, a Marine Corps spokesman told ABC News that the service “will certainly look at how the company performs in this model as we continually evaluate how we make Marines.”The Marine Corps, which has the lowest percentage of women among the services at just under 9 percent, decided to incorporate the 50 female recruits into the historically all-male battalion because the recruiting classes are typically much smaller in the winter months. The integration allowed Parris Island to not activate 4th Recruit Training Battalion staff for a single female platoon.“The decision was made by Marine Corps leadership in support of training efficiency and is a first in the history of Marine Corps recruit training,” the statement said.The female recruits will still be led by female Drill Instructors, but will live in barracks co-inhabited by their male counterparts.“This training cycle of about 300 recruits will provide Recruit Depot staff a unique opportunity to assess outcomes, achievements and challenges in training, logistics and resource impacts of this company training model,” the Marine Corps said.Despite segregated male and female battalions, the Marine Corps has been increasing the amount of training men and women do together — something ABC News saw first hand during a visit to Parris Island in February.“The value of increasing the amount of integration that occurs between male and female recruits is that with increased exposure and socialization we address some of the attitudes that male recruits might have about female recruits and vice versa,” Lt. Col. Misty Posey, who leads the 4th Battalion, told ABC News during that visit.Posey didn’t see gender segregation as a detriment, but praised the Corps’ efforts to have more instances of men and women interacting in their training, beyond just merely operating side by side. Sixty percent of recruit training is now either gender-integrated or co-located, according to the Marine Corps.Male and female recruits complete the Combat Fitness Test exercises together: running side by side, facing each other while lifting the same 30-pound ammunition can over their heads, and sometimes even carrying one another on their backs. The genders are also integrated during the end of “The Crucible” — the 54-hour culminating event of training where recruits face physical, mental, and moral challenges with only eight hours of sleep over the three days. They now hike the last nine miles of the event together.The Marine Corps’ West Coast recruit training in San Diego has not been opened to female recruits, something the Corps has said is due to the low number of women enlisting in the service.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Q1 LFLs up 1.4% at Sainbury’s

first_imgSainsbury’s, the supermarket retailer, yesterday unveiled a 1.4% increase in its first-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs), which it said had been boosted by Jubilee trade.The company said it had continued to outpeform its rivals and also unveiled a 3.6% growth in total sales.At the two-year mark, Sainbury’s said its LFLs were running at 3.3%.Chief executive Justin King said: “We have delivered good sales growth in the quarter, in line with our expectations, helping our customers to manage both their weekly budgets, and to celebrate special occasions.”The company added that key areas for growth were convenience retailing and its own-label ranges.Sainbury’s said that, as part of its Live Well for Less campaign, its own-label rebrand was 75% complete. Plus, it reported its convenience stores had experienced 16% year-on-year growth.last_img read more

Three factors for success with credit union data analytics

first_img continue reading » The credit union industry looks very different now than it did twenty years ago. Just think about what credit unions will look like twenty years from now. Where does the journey for the next twenty years start? Twenty years ago, it would have been hard to imagine remote deposit capture, peer-to-peer payments, or even mobile banking. It is equally hard to imagine what banking will look like twenty years from now. However, one thing is certain: the trend of digital transformation will continue. For many credit unions, data analytics will play a big role in that.Credit unions don’t necessarily need data analytics programs. However, credit unions that leverage their data remain better-positioned to provide individualized member experiences, remain in compliance, or identify attriting members—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It all comes down to the basic idea that knowledge is power. And data provides that  knowledge. As credit unions continue to consolidate and disappear, those that are strongest come out ahead and leveraging data is a competitive advantage. Here are some basic success factors.The Right PeopleHow many people your data analytics program needs depends on the resources available to your credit union. Typically, larger credit unions can commit more personnel. The most important person is someone from the management team – every project needs an internal champion. They own the process and serve as a driving force, keeping everything moving and on track. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New collective agreement signed: Aminess offers one of the largest bases for calculating salaries in tourism

first_imgThe President of the Management Board of Laguna Novigrad, Zrinka Bokulić, emphasized that Aminess nurtures a culture of work that values ​​collegiality and rewards the innovation and personal commitment of each employee. “This is supported by the fact that we are one of only two tourism companies that are holders of the Employer Partner certificate, while the practical attitude towards work is confirmed by a high rate of return of employees of as much as 70%. ”Concluded Bokulić.The union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia is satisfied with the new collective agreement Marina Cvitić, president of the Tourism Committee of the Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia Trade Unions, and the future president of the Union said that the employer respected almost all union requirements and the arguments show a high degree of mutual understanding and respect.”At the end of my union career, I must point out that Laguna Novigrad is one of the better companies in which it has been pleasant to negotiate in recent years because there is a strong social component in the company’s management. This company, even when other companies did not, increased the material rights of workers, at least in a minimal amount. In terms of material rights of workers, Laguna Novigrad is at the top in this activity, although at the national level the average salary of workers is about 20 percent lower than the average salary in the Republic of Croatia. That is why there is a problem of lack of workers in tourism, because some employers, where Laguna Novigrad is certainly not classified, still think that they can make a profit on low labor costs. A worker must have a job and a salary all year round, because one has to live for 12 months, not just during the season. Many employers should look up to the way of doing business at Laguna Novigrad, because the season almost never ends there. “ said union president Bruno Bulic.Related news:CONSENSUS OF SOCIAL PARTNERS ACHIEVED: NEW COLLECTIVE CATERING AGREEMENT CONCLUDEDLAGUNA NOVIGRAD UNDER THE NEW TOURIST BRAND AMINESSAMINESS HOTEL AND CAMP EMPLOYEES EDUCATED FROM THE BEST GOURMET EXPERTS</p>
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<p> The Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia and the company Laguna Novigrad dd, which manages the tourist brand Aminess Hotels and Camps, have signed a new collective agreement which provides the largest basis for calculating salaries in the tourism industry in Istria.For the employees of the Novigrad company that has hotels and camps in Istria and Dalmatia, it has been agreed to increase the basic gross salary by a total of 5,5%. Of that, 1,5% falls on “savings” caused by changes in the ordinance on income tax, regarding the taxation of accommodation and meals for seasonal workers, while 4% represents a real increase, so from May 1, 2018, the lowest basic salary is multiplied by the corresponding job coefficient to increase from the previous amount of HRK 3.820,00 to the amount of HRK 4.030,10.Aminess points out that this is the largest basis for calculating salaries in the tourism industry in Istria, and certainly among the largest in Croatia, and adds that in the future they are ready to transfer funds saved on reduced benefits to the state to increase salaries. Workers will also be entitled to a non-taxable amount of HRK 2.500,00 in December. The Christmas bonus in the full non-taxable amount will also be realized by seasonal workers who have been employed for more than 9 months, while workers who have worked from 6 to 9 months would be entitled to a proportional part.Workers will also be paid a gift in kind in the non-taxable amount, which for this year amounts to HRK 600,00, and the right to a gift in kind is exercised by all workers who will be employed in November. If the planned results are achieved, the workers will be paid an additional HRK 500,00 net for July and August, which are the most labor-intensive. As every year, in December, Aminess will pay a gift to a child under the age of 15 to a child under the maximum non-taxable amount of HRK 600,00, Aminess explains.last_img read more

26 injured in Megabus crash on I-65

first_imgSEYMOUR, Ind. – Investigators say slick road conditions are to blame for a Megabus crash on I-65 near Seymour early Saturday morning.The bus was moving to the right lane around 5:25 a.m. when the driver lost control and went into the median and rolled on its side.Twenty-six passengers were injured and several were rushed to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and at least one was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis at the time of this release.Uninjured passengers were taken to Seymour Middle School as local American Red Cross hosted them for shelter.Changing weather conditions and speed may have contributed to the cause of this crash, police said.The bus was traveling south with passengers from several different cities between Chicago and Atlanta.last_img read more