Today, three women are graduating from the Marine infantry training course. They’re the first female candidates to pass it. The list of things women supposedly can’t do is evaporating.
Critics said the military would have to lower its standards to let women make the cut. But the Marines held firm. Their infantry course is two months long. You sleep in holes. You march 12 miles wearing 85 pounds of gear. You run 6 miles. You learn marksmanship, martial arts, and urban combat.
The three women who graduate today are just the beginning. Forty more have entered the pipeline. The next, more strenuous challenge is the Marine Infantry Officer Course. So far, 10 women have attempted it. Only one passed the hardest part, the Combat Endurance Test, and a stress fracture later forced her out. Once that barrier falls, the Army and Navy will have to open their own ground combat training to female candidates.
"Women are passing the Marine infantry course. Get over it."
Everyone who thought women weren’t “fit for combat” is being proved wrong. Rosie the Riveter was right: We can do it. (Could someone photoshop her wearing a Marine’s uniform and giving the finger? That would feel really appropriate right now.)