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The end of female engagement teams

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The Marine Corps has ended its use of female engagement teams in Afghanistan, saying their work is now performed by Afghan National Security Forces.

The shift happened in August, as thousands of U.S. forces were withdrawn from theater amid a drawdown in forces, said Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, a spokesman for Marine forces in Afghanistan. There were about 17,000 Marines in Afghanistan early this year, but there are currently fewer than 7,000, Marine officials said.


1. A brief, but important, mission. FETs were first established in Afghanistan in 2009, according to briefing slides posted on NATO’s website. In 2011, there were 16 two-woman FETs in Helmand province, which Marine forces have patrolled since 2008. Additional U.S. FETs were distributed across other provinces.

2. The FET’s role. FETs often were tasked with distributing information to Afghan families and collecting information from them, assisting with civil affairs and supporting clearing operations, in part by searching women for weapons. FETs have assisted not only conventional Marine units, but special operations units as well.

3. Afghan males now do the job. The move was somewhat expected. As Afghan forces take the lead providing security in their own country, they are handling many of the missions in which FET Marines had a role. FET Marines in Helmand told Marine Corps Times in April that they expected their deployments would be cut short as part of the drawdown there. In October, a male Afghan lieutenant spoke with women and children in a compound in the Trek Nawa section of Helmand while Marine scout snipers set their weapons for a mission.




  1. Death_By_Farts

    December 30th, 2012

    Still waiting on feedback from the Women’s Lib Association…

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  2. serfer62

    December 30th, 2012

    Lotta Marine chicks got some real gun time. Now to evalueate

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  3. Bad Brad

    December 30th, 2012

    I though Female Engagement Teams has something to do with Gay Marriage.

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  4. Blacksmith8

    December 31st, 2012

    Delusional – definition –
    ONE male afghan is equivalent to TWO female US Marines.


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