Report: First Women Marines to Graduate Enlisted Infantry Training

Posted November 19, 2013 at 9:46am

The Marine Corps Times reports that “four women will graduate this week from the Marine Corps’ enlisted infantry training course, Marine Corps Times has learned.”

“Their successful completion of the program, confirmed Monday by a Marine official with knowledge of ongoing efforts to determine what additional ground combat jobs should open to women, is a historic milestone, one that would suggest at least some female Marines posses both the physical strength and acumen to keep pace with their male counterparts on the battlefield. A graduation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at Camp Geiger, N.C.”

The piece continues: “throughout the training, female students were held to the same standards as men, Marine officials said. For example, during the 12½-mile march, all students were required to haul almost 90-pounds of combat gear. The women assigned to Delta Company also were required to perform pull-ups — not a flexed-arm hang — during their Physical Fitness Test.”