Marine Corps To Open Combat Training School To Women

The Military Times reported this week that Marine Corps assistant commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford announced that the Marine school that produces infantry combat officers will enroll its first-ever female students this year. “It’s a monumental — if controversial — move for the Marine Corps, which until now barred female Marines from the program,” the Military Times notes. The Defense Department announced earlier this year that it would ease restrictions on women serving in combat roles. Gen. Dunford said that the decision came as a result of Marines Corps effort to determine what jobs could be open to women and now an undetermined number of volunteers will attend the Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, VA, where officers are groomed to serve in direct combat roles and lead troops into battle.