The First Four Women to pass U.S. Marine Infantry Training
Here’s an historical Instagram! These are the first enlisted females to complete the Marine Corps’ infantry combat training regimen. What does that include? Oh, you know, the ability to ‘hump’ 90 pounds of gear over rough terrain for days, an aptitude for killing people with grenades, radioed-in air and artillery strikes, and the ability to handle the M249 Light Machine Gun.
In January, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey integrated women ‘into previously closed combat jobs across all service branches’. But this doesn’t mean these women are ready to be assigned to infantry units. These four women are just part of a 100-Marine pilot program ‘aimed at testing the viability of women in Infantry training’.