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First female Marine becomes a Recon Marine, joins 1st Recon Battalion

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The US Marine Corps now has a female Recon Marine, according to USMC officials.

Lance Cpl. Alexa Barth graduated from 12-week Basic Reconnaissance Course on November 7, and will join the 1st Recon Battalion -the same unit that gained fame after “Generation Kill” was published and adapted as an HBO miniseries- upon completion of a few required training schools.

1st Marine Division Spokeswoman Major Kendra Motz told the Marine Corps Times that Barth will likely arrive at 1st Recon in spring of 2020.

No walk in the park, the BRC provides Marines “with the basic knowledge of reconnaissance doctrine, concepts, and techniques with emphasis on amphibious entry, extraction, beach reconnaissance, Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft (CRRC) operator skills and ground reconnaissance patrolling skills,” to the Reconnaissance Training Company website.

The USMC has been big on putting women in combat roles this year, and has had historic firsts ranging from female Recon Marines to two female officers flying two different variants of the F-35 Lightning II.

Earlier this year, the US Marines have begun looking for a university willing to impartially study the “extent and effectiveness of gender-combined recruit training and possible options to increase gender-integrated training during boot camp.”

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