1. In a first, US female marine clears infantry officer training course

In a first, US female marine clears infantry officer training course

For the first time in the US, a female marine became the first woman to complete the Corps' rigorous training course for infantry officers.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 27, 2017 11:56 AM
US, US armed forces, women marines in US, Marine Corps' 13-week infantry officer, US defence forces Even as many women serve in Marines and other departments in US armed forces, but lady is the first to clear the Marine Corps’ 13-week infantry officer training course. (Representative image: Reuters)

For the first time in the US, a female marine became the first woman to complete the Corps’  rigorous training course for infantry officers. Even as many women serve in the Marines and other departments in the country’s armed forces, but the lady is the first to clear the Marine Corps’ 13-week infantry officer training course, said AFP. “I am proud of this officer and those in her class,” Marine Corps commandant General Robert Neller was quoted as saying further by the agency.

“Marines expect and rightfully deserve competent and capable leaders, and these (Infantry Officer Course) graduates met every training requirement as they prepare for the next challenge of leading infantry Marines; ultimately, in combat,” Neller added as per AFP. According to the Marines, the woman will now be asked to lead a platoon of around 40 Marines. The woman, who had requested not to be named, will join the 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, California. As many as 131 Marines started the infantry officer training programme last July and 88 graduated in Quantico, Virginia on Monday.

Earlier, about three dozen female Marine Corps officers had signed for the infantry training program but could not finish, as per Marine Corps Times. The Marine Corps released a video on Twitter showing the woman taking part in exercises alongside male infantry officer candidates. In US armed forces, women make up nearly 15 percent of the nearly 1.4 million active-duty troops. During his tenure, former president Barack Obama opened up all military positions to women, including in combat units in March last year, AFP added.

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