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Marine Corps begins integrating women with men during boot camp training

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Brig. Gen. William H. Swan tours the recruit receiving building at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Jan. 3, 2019. Swan toured the base before acting as the Parade Reviewing Official for the graduation of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. Photo by Lance Cpl. Shane Manson

The US Marine Corps Training Depot at Parris Island will be integrating training for the male and female recruits of the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, an end to a historical and unique practice that has kept both sexes separated during boot camp.

In a statement by MCRD Parris Island, the 3rd Battalion will be integrating a platoon of women to supplement five male platoons.

“Third Battalion is comprised of male recruits; however, in this instance, a platoon of female recruits will be part of the training company,” MCRD Parris Island said. The decision was made by Marine Corps leadership in support of training efficiency and is a first in the history of Marine Corps recruit training.”

The Marines are following step with the other branches, which had instances of gender-integrated training for some time. Even well before the DoD opened all roles to women, non-combat MOS Soldiers in the Army attended co-ed basic training.

Around fifty female recruits began training on January 5, and are nearly a week into their cycle.

“The decision was made by Marine Corps leadership in support of training efficiency and is a first in the history of Marine Corps recruit training,” a spokesperson with MCRD Parris Island said.

The cycle contains around 300 recruits, and will be under observation to ensure a full assessment.

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