Combat-Ready Women Meet Marine Standards
The Marines, who will be required to open ground combat jobs to women starting January 2016, is already making progress with an infantry training course of eighty-five female Marines. The eight-week course at Camp Lejeune, N.C. was completed by both men and women. Their next step will be a training exercises beginning next year that will require more than 160 women to complete combat exercises in the Mojave Desert, Pacific Coast beaches and the Sierra Nevada mountains carrying 100-pound packs, using tanks and pulling fellow Marines to safety. Standards to be met will be the same for men and women. Women Marines are making up for deficiencies in upper body strength with increased physical training and injury prevention.
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