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Second female Marine graduates from Infantry Officer Course

Marines participate in an exercise during the Infantry Officer Course at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Sept. 18, 2017. The first female Marine to complete the course graduated Sept. 25, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Gregory Boyd)

June of 2018 marks a historic moment for the Corps after a second female Marine graduated from the Infantry Officers Course, just a few months shy of a year since the USMC’s first female Infantry platoon leader graduated.

The recent IOC graduate will not be joining the infantry, but will instead become a ground intelligence officer, with a pending billet for intelligence school.

Ground intelligence officers can serve as sniper and recon platoon commanders, making her the first of her kind in that field.

Of the three women to enter with IOC class 3-18 in April, only the one managed to finish.

According to the Marine Corps Times, the news comes days after Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Macander took upon the role of CO for the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, making her the first female combat arms unit.

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