For the first time in its nearly 250-year history, the Marine Corps has a female infantry officer.
The woman, who wishes to keep her identity private, graduated from the Marines’ infantry officer course in Quantico, Virginia, on Monday.
Today, the first female Marine graduated from Infantry Officer Course.
Ooh-rah to the future infantry leaders. pic.twitter.com/iL1a8jsDsR
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) September 25, 2017
Now a lieutenant, she is the first woman to finish the challenging course and the fourth to attempt it since the Marines opened all military occupational specialties (MOS) to women in April 2016.
“I am proud of this officer and those in her class who have earned the infantry officer MOS,” Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said in a press release Monday.
The female infantry officer will now head to the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, California, for her first assignment.
“Infantry officer course is the MOS-producing school for Marine Corps infantry officers and the prerequisite course for ground intelligence officers,” the release said. “The grueling 13-week course 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.”
— Robert B. Neller (@GenRobertNeller) September 25, 2017
Of the 131 Marines who began the course in July, only 88 graduated.