Marine Corps

Lt. Col. Carol Barkalow, now retired, was in the first class at West Point that included women.
Gustavo Sebran / U.S. Army

The Marine Corps photo scandal has disappointed some veterans who helped break down barriers for women in the military, but they say it shouldn't overshadow the progress of female service members.

Major Misty Posey leads a 2016 class for Marine Corps leaders about integrating women into combat roles.
Lance Cpl. Harley Robinson / U.S. Marine Corps

Revelations that hundreds of Marines shared lewd photos of women come as military leaders fight an ongoing battle to change the culture of the Marines.

The Department of Defense has launched an investigation after the non-profit news organization The War Horse broke a story about Marines spreading nude photos of female service members online. The report says Marines used a closed Facebook page to post links to explicit photos of the women with their ranks, names, and military stations of duty.