Earlier this year, news broke that for the first time in history, a female was training to become a Navy SEAL. Now, the U.S. Marine Corps is gearing up to have its first-ever female infantry officer graduate.
While her name is classified for security reasons, the woman, who is a lieutenant, will be the first female officer to ever complete the tormenting 13-week Infantry Officer Course, based in Quantico, Virginia. And just to be clear, she completed the same exact requirements as the men. (Related: I Conquered a Navy SEAL Training Course)
“I am proud of this officer and those in her class who have earned the infantry officer Military Occupational Specialty (MOS),” said Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller in a statement. “Marines expect and rightfully deserve competent and capable leaders, and these Infantry Officer Course (IOC) graduates met every training requirement as they prepare for the next challenge of leading infantry Marines; ultimately, in combat.”
The training itself is considered one of the toughest in the U.S. military and is built to test leadership, infantry skills, and character required to serve as platoon commanders in the operating forces. Thirty-six other women have stepped up to the challenge before, but this woman is the first to succeed, the Marine Corps Times reported.
While that number may seem small, it’s important to note that female officers weren’t even allowed to tackle this course until January 2016, when former Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, finally opened all military positions to women. (Related: This 9-Year-Old Crushed an Obstacle Course Designed By Navy SEALs)
Today, women make up about 8.3 percent of the Marine Corps, and it’s amazing to see one of them earn such a coveted position.
Watch her be a total badass in the IOC video below: