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Marine Corps Releases Footage Of First Female Infantry Officer In Action
It’s official: The Marine Corps has its first female infantry officer.
The first female candidate to successfully complete the branch’s intense Infantry Officer Course graduated at Marine Corps Base Quantico on Sept. 25, the branch announced, earning an infantry officer MOS and a follow-on assignment with the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton in California.
Marines participate in an exercise during the Infantry Officer Course at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Sept. 18, 2017. The first female Marine to complete the course graduated Sept. 25, 2017.Photo via DoD
The anonymous lieutenant all but clinched her historic achievement after completing the three-week live-fire culminating event at Twentynine Palms, Task & Purpose originally reported on Sept. 21. The 35th female candidate to attempt the notoriously grueling 13-week IOC pipeline since the branch opened the course’s doors to women in 2012, the lieutenant had by early September surmounted the training obstacles that had stymied her predecessors.
Of the 131 Marines who attempted to the IOC back in July, some 88 graduated on Sept. 25. That means nearly one-third of the class didn’t make the cut — well above the course’s normal 25% washout rate. And to mark the historic moment, the Corps released a brief video of the anonymous lieutenant during training:
Despite pervasive concerns among active-duty and veteran Marines regarding lower training standards for female candidates — anxieties compounded by public scrutiny of the branch in the aftermath of the Marines United new photo-sharing scandal that rocked the armed forces in March 2017 — the overall reaction within the appears to be one of pride.
In an email to Task & Purpose, a Marine Corps Training and Education Command spokesman emphasized that the IOC training standards “did not change.” Those standards, as Task & Purpose previously reported, include brutal marches of between 6.4 and 9.3 miles, with candidates lugging weight loads up to 152 pounds — significantly more intense requirements than other officer training pipelines across the U.S. military.
Hike requirements for infantry officers in the Marine Corps and Army, as obtained by Task & Purpose in early September 2017.Photo via DoD
The Corps seems well aware of this perception in its release of the training footage. In the past, service branches rarely divulged details regarding female candidates attempting traditionally male-only specialty pipelines, like the elite SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) course, both in accordance with privacy rules governing the personal information of federal employees and the wishes of individual candidates. In this case, the branch showcased the candidate's performance during IOC while keeping her identity anonymous in accordance with her wishes.
“She’s a quiet professional,” TECOM spokesman Capt. Joshua Pena told Task & Purpose. “She wanted to go through training, graduate with her peers, and continue with her career in the Marines.”
Marines participate in an exercise during Infantry Officers Course class 4-17 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Sept. 18, 2017.Photo via DoD
In a statement, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller emphasized that every IOC graduate “met every training requirement as they [prepared] for the next challenge of leading infantry Marines; ultimately, in combat.” But one Marine veteran, an IOC graduate who returned to Quantico as an instructor between 2011 and 2013 while the branch was examining the question of female infantry officer candidates, put it more succinctly.
“The coin I received for completing the IOC is worth exactly the same right now as it was before she graduated,” he told Task & Purpose. “This has been a long time coming, and I’m proud the Corps did this on its own terms.”
The Pentagon is no longer topless. On Tuesday, the Senate voted to confirm Mark Esper as the United States' first permanent defense secretary in more than seven months.
Esper is expected to be sworn in as defense secretary later on Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters.
"We are grateful for the Senate leadership and the Senate Armed Services Committee's willingness to quickly move through this process," Hoffman said.
The new trailer for Top Gun: Maverick that dropped last week was indisputably the white-knuckle thrill ride of the summer, a blur of aerial acrobatics and beach volleyball that made us wonder how we ever lost that lovin' feeling in the decades since we first met Pete "Maverick" Mitchell back in 1986.
But it also made us wonder something else: Why is Maverick still flying combat missions in an F/A-18 Super Hornet as a 57-year-old captain after more than 30 years of service?
Kabul to Trump: What did you mean when you said you could wipe Afghanistan off the face of the earth?
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan called on Tuesday for an explanation of comments by U.S. President Donald Trump in which he said he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by wiping out Afghanistan but did not want to kill 10 million people.
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a large, newly built submarine, state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, potentially signaling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program.
Kim inspected the operational and tactical data and combat weapon systems of the submarine that was built under "his special attention", and will be operational in the waters off the east coast, KCNA said.
It said the submarine's operational deployment was near.
"The operational capacity of a submarine is an important component in national defense of our country bounded on its east and west by sea," Kim said.
It starts with four letters, maybe even just three.
When Don and Diane Shipley find out someone claims to be a Navy SEAL or POW, they won't just take their word for it. And when it comes to liars, they take no prisoners.
The couple has made it their mission to track down and expose "phonies" — their word for people who falsely claim to be Navy SEALs and/or former prisoners of war.