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30th female Marine Infantry officer candidate washes out after march

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MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia - United States Marine Corps Maj. George J. Flynn, director of the Infantry Officer Course, provides Under Secretary of the Navy Dr. Janine Davidson a brief on the IOC hike progression program and the various combat loads used in each phase of training at The Basic School, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, April 26, 2016.
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Virginia – United States Marine Corps Maj. George J. Flynn, director of the Infantry Officer Course, provides Under Secretary of the Navy Dr. Janine Davidson a brief on the IOC hike progression program and the various combat loads used in each phase of training at The Basic School, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, April 26, 2016.

The latest female officer to attempt the USMC’s infantry officer course lasted only 11 days before she dropped from the course.

The unnamed officer was the first woman to attempt IOC in Quantico, Virginia, after Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened up combat jobs to women.

From 2012-2015, a total of 29 female officers have tried to make it through IOC; all have failed.

According to Military.com, the Marine was booted on day 11 of the 84-day course due to failing a march for the second time. She has been recycled and hopes to try again in July, along with two male officers who couldn’t make the cut.

“All are being placed into the Marines Awaiting Training (MAT) Platoon and will have the opportunity to re-enter training in July with class 4-16,” said USMC Training and Education command spokesman Major Anton Semelroth.

Despite being criticized for supporting the integration of women into combat arms units, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus told marines earlier this month that the standards would not change just because women were being allowed to participate.

“One of the questions I got at IOC was, ‘OK, five years from now, no woman had made it through IOC. What happens?'” Mabus said to Marines earlier this month. “My response was, ‘no woman made it through IOC. Standards aren’t going to change.'”

 

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