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First Female Marine Completes Grueling Infantry Officer Course

The 13-week program is considered one of the toughest in the U.S. military, and one-third of the class dropped out before graduation. The lieutenant has asked to keep her identity private.
Marines participate in an exercise during the Infantry Officer Course in August at Quantico, Va. The first female Marine to complete the course graduated on Monday. Source: Master Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen

For the first time, a female Marine has completed the grueling Infantry Officer Course.

The 13-week course is considered one of the toughest in the U.S. military, and one-third of the class dropped out before graduation.

The Marines that the lieutenant has "asked to keep reported that 36 other women have attempted the feat before but did not make it through.

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