Slowly but surely, more women are joining the Marine Corps' ground combat arms community, which had been exclusively male until a couple of years ago.
A female Marine lieutenant has just become the second woman ever to complete the Corps’ Infantry Officer Course, according to Marine Corps Times. The first female graduate completed the course in September 2017.
The Marine Corps is not releasing the name of the woman, who graduated from the grueling 13-week course on June 23.
Thirty other Marines, including two women, were unable to get through the IOC class, according to Capt. Joshua Pena, a spokesman for Training and Education Command.
Pena told Task & Purpose on Tuesday that the unnamed female graduate currently has the infantry officer’s military occupational specialty, but plans to become a ground intelligence officer, which can lead reconnaissance and sniper platoons.
Separately, a female lieutenant colonel has become the Marine Corps’ first female commander of a ground combat arms unit, Corps officials said. Lt. Col. Michelle Macander assumed command of the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion at Camp Pendleton, California, on June 22, Corps officials said.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.