A Big First Is Coming for Marine Corps

A Big First Is Coming for Marine Corps

Ten percent of students typically fail on the first day and 25 percent don't make it through the entire course.

A female Marine is set to graduate from the grueling infantry-officer course next week and become the first woman in the Marine Corps' 241-year history eligible for a job commanding ground troops, officials said Thursday. The unnamed lieutenant completed the three-week combat exercise at the Marine's training center in Twentynine Palms, California on Wednesday - the final graded requirement before graduation.

The woman is the first of three dozen women who attempted the course to complete it.

Her class will mark its graduation with a traditional "warrior breakfast" in Quantico, Va., three officials with knowledge of the course told the paper.

The report comes nearly two years after the Obama administration removed the remaining restrictions on women serving on the military.

Since the course opened up, more than 30 female officers have attempted it and failed.

The woman, whose identity hasn't been released by the Marines, is the fourth woman to attempt the course since ground-combat jobs opened to women past year. She'll likely prefer to just "do her job", they say, which will be to lead a platoon of infantry Marines.

Another four women, including the officer expected to graduate, have attempted to complete the course since 2015, according to the Post. Ninety percent of male Marines said in that survey that they were concerned about intimate relationships between Marines in the same combat unit becoming a problem, and more than 80 percent said they were concerned about false sexual allegations, fraternization and women receiving preferential treatment. Her colleagues described her as a "quiet professional" who joined the Marines and pursued officer training to serve, not for the attention.