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First female Marine to graduate from Infantry Officer Course to start duties at Camp Pendleton

By in Press Enterprise on September 25, 2017

By Erika I. Ritchie

CAMP PENDLETON The first female Marine to graduate from the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course will be assigned to the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, officials with Marine Corps Training and Education Command announced Monday, Sept. 25.

The lieutenant, who has asked not to be identified, earned the infantry officer military occupational specialty, at Quantico in Virginia Monday. She is the first to complete the course since the Marine Corps opened all military occupational specialties to women in April 2016. Four other women have attempted to pass the course since then.

“I am proud of this officer and those in her class‎ who have earned the infantry officer MOS,” said Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.

Infantry Officer Course is the Military Occupation Specialties-producing school for Marine Corps infantry officers and the prerequisite course for ground intelligence officers. The grueling 13-week course trains and educates newly selected infantry and ground intelligence officers in leadership, infantry skills, and character required to serve as infantry platoon commanders in the operating forces.

One hundred and thirty-one Marines started the course in July, and 88 graduated today.

“Marines expect and rightfully deserve competent and capable leaders, and these IOC graduates met every training requirement as they prepare for the next challenge of leading infantry Marines; ultimately, in combat,” said Neller.

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