Female Officer Completes Marines’ Infantry Officer Training Course - Pacific Standard
Nearly two years after the military opened up all combat roles to women, a female officer is joining the Marine Corps infantry. The woman, a lieutenant whose identity has not yet been disclosed, is the first female officer to complete the Marines’ infamously intense training known as the Infantry Officer Course.
A quarter of all trainees drop out over the course of the program—which includes rigorous tests of physical strength, endurance, and weapons and navigation skills—and 10 percent give up on the first day. Thirty-five other women have attempted the course since the Marines first opened it up to women in 2012, but all failed to complete the training.