For the first time in Marine Corps history, female recruits are training alongside their male counterparts. The service announced that one platoon of women began their training cycle alongside five male platoons. The 50 women and their 250 male colleagues began recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., on Jan. 5. All recruits will be expected to meet the same standards in order to graduate.
“Company staff continue to be of both genders, and the platoon staff will continue to be comprised of drill instructors of the same gender as the recruits,” the Marine Corps said in a statement.
The training cycle “will provide Recruit Depot staff a unique opportunity to assess outcomes, achievements and challenges in training, logistics and resource impacts of this company training model,” the Marine Corps stated.