Tough Enough!

No one pays as much attention to the second group! From Stars and Stripes:

Ten more women graduate from Marine Corps infantry course
By Jennifer Hlad | Published: December 19, 2013

Ten female Marines graduated from the Marine Corps’ Infantry Training Battalion on Thursday, bringing the number of women who have completed the program to 13.

Pvt. Kassandra Woodward, Pvt. Brittany Dunklee, Pfc. Rose Rodriquez, Pvt. Mica Hollingsworth, Pfc. Fabiola Perez Zuniga, Pfc. Fabiola Davila, Pfc. Falande Joachin, Pfc. Harlee Bradford, Pvt. Michelle Verduzco and Pfc. Catherine Sanders graduated from the training course for enlisted infantry Marines at Camp Geiger in North Carolina, Marine officials said.

PFC Harlee Bradford, center. Behind her are, left to right, PFC Cristina Fuentes Montenegro, PFC Julia Carroll and PFC Katie Gorz. These women were the first four successful candidates from the Marine Infantry course, but PFC Bradford had to wait until the second class to be graduated, due to an injury sustained at the end of the course. Click photo to enlarge.

Two of the women completed almost all of the course with the previous class but were injured before they could complete the final physical fitness test required for graduation in November. That class was the first to include women.Though the women were held to the same standards — including physical fitness — as men, they will not be assigned to infantry jobs. Instead, they will go to the military occupational specialty schools to which they were assigned before they arrived at Camp Geiger.

The infantry training course includes a live-fire exercise, a 20-kilometer hike and a 72-hour integrated infantry field exercise, as well as physical fitness tests that involve running, pull-ups, ammunition can lifts and a timed obstacle course. The women must pass by the men’s scoring standard in order to graduate, Marine officials said.

More at the link. As we noted previously, one of the final four Marines who completed the first course sufered a stress fracture in her leg and was unable to complete the final test, but would be given another chance when she healed; that was Pfc Harlee Bradford, who was graduated from this second class. While only three of fifteen women passed the first class, this one saw a higher success rate, with ten out of thirteen candidates passing the course. Thus far, ten women have attempted the more grueling training course for infantry officers, and none have completed the course.

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