Pfc. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, 25, native of Coral Springs, Fla., and Pfc. Julia Carroll, 18, native of Idaho Falls, Idaho, two of the first three female Marine graduates from the School of Infantry-East’s Infantry Training Battalion course, stand with Shirley John, the president of the Tarheel Chapter of the Women Marine Association, after the graduation of Delta Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-East at Camp Geiger, N.C., Nov. 21. The graduation of 227 students marked the first class of Marines to include females. The class was part of the Marine Corps’ research effort toward integrating women into ground-combat military occupational specialties. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jackeline M. Perez Rivera/Released)