For the First Time A Woman is Set To Become A Marine Corps Infantry Officer
This news item is likely to upset the majority of American, Christian gender complementarians and their talking points.
It’s also likely to upset or anger many of my fellow conservatives who have a knee-jerk tendency to react harshly against any such accomplishments by women, or women breaking traditional gender expectations, because they are so paranoid of all things secular, left wing feminist (even if said story or accomplishment has little to nothing to actually do with left wing feminism).
by Jim Michaels
Sept 21, 2017
WASHINGTON — For the first time, a woman is set to become a Marine Corps infantry officer, a milestone in the Corps’ 242-year history.
The woman, whose name has not been released, is scheduled to graduate from the physically demanding infantry officer course Monday.
She will be the first women to complete the 13-week course. Since it was opened to females in 2012, 36 women have enrolled in the course.
“The female officer within Infantry Officer Course has completed all graduation requirements and is scheduled to graduate with her peers on Sept. 25, 2017,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.
The course poses big challenges for men as well. About 25% of males do not complete the course and end up in other positions in the Marine Corps.
Students in the course hike long distances with heavy combat loads and negotiate grueling obstacle courses, all conducted under stressful conditions meant to resemble infantry combat.
Women have engaged in combat extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan. But until recently they were barred from combat arms jobs, such as infantry, tanks and artillery.
The Pentagon in 2013 ordered that all jobs be open to women, including combat arms.
Enlisted women have already entered Marine Corps and Army infantry units and other fields that had been previously closed to females.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.
A female Marine is set to make history next week as the first woman ever to graduate from the Marine Corps’ demanding Infantry Officer Course.
The woman, who wasn’t immediately identified, will be the first female to graduate from the course in the Corps’ 241 years of service. She completed the requirements of an exhausting 13-week program and will graduate at Marine Corps Base Quantico on Sept. 25, a Marine Corps spokesperson told Fox News Thursday.
The officer is the first woman to pass the course, The Washington Post reported, noting that more than 30 women have attempted the course.
The program “trains and educates newly selected infantry and ground intelligence officers in leadership, infantry skills, and character required to serve as infantry platoon commanders in the operating forces,” the spokesperson said.
The officer will likely lead a platoon of around 40 infantry Marines, according to the Post.