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Marine Corps will get its first female infantry officer

The few, the proud will soon have a female infantry officer – a historic first in the nearly 250-year history of the Marine Corps, according to a report.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, is expected to graduate Monday from the grueling Infantry Officer Course, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The lieutenant completed live fire drills at Twentynine Palms, Calif., the final requirement of the three-week course that was opened on an experimental basis to women in 2012 and typically has a 25 percent washout rate.

She is expected to lead a platoon of about 40 infantry Marines in a service often regarded as the most resistant to full gender integration in the military.

Her class will mark its graduation with a traditional “warrior breakfast” in Quantico, Va., three officials with knowledge of the course told the paper.

The historic moment comes almost two years after then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the military’s last remaining restrictions for women.

Thirty-two women attempted the course before Defense Department research on integration ended in spring 2015 — and none completed it.

Four additional women — including the lieutenant set to graduate Monday — have attempted the course since the Pentagon opened all jobs to women in December 2015.

About 10 percent of all candidates historically fail the first day of the course, which begins with a combat endurance test and assessments of skills like weapons assembly and land navigation.

Women comprise only about 7 percent of the Marine Corps’ ranks, the smallest percentage of any service.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/09/21/marine-corps-will-get-its-first-female-infantry-officer/

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