Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Only Two Female Marines Step Forward For The U.S. Marine Corps‘ Infantry Officer Course

MarSOC's first female engagement team will spend about nine months with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, which is scheduled to take command of a task force later this year that will oversee U.S. spec ops forces in northern and western Afghanistan. Sgt. Jennifer L. Jones / Marine Corps

Few Female Marines Step Forward For Infantry -- Washington Times

Female Marine officers are unlikely to join the infantry anytime soon, in part because of a lack of volunteers for the Marine Corps‘ Infantry Officer Course, which was opened to women in September.

Only two of about 80 eligible female Marines have volunteered for the course — a grueling, three-month advanced regimen conducted at Quantico, Va., that was opened to women to research their performance.

Of the two female volunteers, one washed out on the first day, along with 26 of the107 men, and the other dropped out two weeks later for medical reasons, a Marine Corps spokesman said.

The research effort was launched after the Pentagon opened to women more than 14,000 jobs that could place them closer to front lines and combat.

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My Comment: At least two female marines stepped up.

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