The US Marine Corps Training Depot at Parris Island will be integrating training for the male and female recruits of the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, an end to a historical and unique practice that has kept both sexes separated during boot camp.
In a statement by MCRD Parris Island, the 3rd Battalion will be integrating a platoon of women to supplement five male platoons.
“Third Battalion is comprised of male recruits; however, in this instance, a platoon of female recruits will be part of the training company,” MCRD Parris Island said. The decision was made by Marine Corps leadership in support of training efficiency and is a first in the history of Marine Corps recruit training.”
The Marines are following step with the other branches, which had instances of gender-integrated training for some time. Even well before the DoD opened all roles to women, non-combat MOS Soldiers in the Army attended co-ed basic training.
Around fifty female recruits began training on January 5, and are nearly a week into their cycle.
“The decision was made by Marine Corps leadership in support of training efficiency and is a first in the history of Marine Corps recruit training,” a spokesperson with MCRD Parris Island said.
The cycle contains around 300 recruits, and will be under observation to ensure a full assessment.
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