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2 women become first ever to join Marine Corps infantry

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The first two women to ever join the infantry of the U.S. Marine Corps have officially been approved — one as a rifleman (an official title that’s suddenly antiquated), and another as a machine gunner. Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened all roles in the military to women this December. Despite initial resistance from within the Marines, the Marine Corps had a gender integration plan approved in March — making 233 women eligible to apply for combat jobs. And just last month, the Army commissioned 22 women to be its first female infantry and armor officers.

As part of the integration plan, two female officers will be assigned to the women’s infantry unit 90 days before they arrive. Since no women have yet graduated from the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, these officers will serve in support roles. A training team will also begin visiting Marine Corps installations this month to explain the integration plan directly to units.

Read the full story at The Atlantic.

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