Many military members see themselves as “war fighters, not babysitters,” and that won’t change through policy alone, according to Roche-Paull. "There’s policy in place, but due to culture, and due to people not understanding the policy, people are still not getting it," she said.
Koday also blamed the obstacles she faced on the male-dominated military culture, which is particularly aggressive in the Marine Corps, a branch that places high value on physical fitness, and bills itself as "the first to fight."
Koday's weight was called into question again in 2012 after she returned to Afghanistan from a short rest and recuperation leave and was five pounds over the accepted limit. Though she worked out regularly and competed in team jujitsu tournaments, she continued to gain weight. Other Marines, including her platoon commander, treated her like she was a "dirtbag Marine," Koday said.