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.
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.