Marine Infantry Officer Course: Both women unceremoniously dumped on first day

Marine Infantry Officer Course: Both women unceremoniously dumped on first day

Parris Island: US Marine Corps Boot CampAnd the failure rate is…

Both of the two female Marine second lieutenants who voluntarily enrolled in the basic Infantry Officer Course (IOC) were summarily dropped during the first training day, as reported by The New York Times.

The unidentified Marines both failed the initial Combat Endurance Test, which gauges a potential infantry officer’s physical and mental endurance to the rigors of combat.

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The Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course is a grueling unapologetic machine, producing only a few hundred elite, light infantry officers per year.

The Drop Rate Is…

Thus far, only four female newly commissioned Marine second lieutenants have volunteered for the infantry since the Obama administration allowed women to serve in direct combat Military Occupational Specialties.

Of the two females who failed the most recent IOC, two were enrolled last year. Both also flunked out of the course that would qualify a graduate as a basic infantry officer.

The failure rate for male Marines is roughly 20 percent.

The failure rate for female Marines remains at a steady 100 percent.

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T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman

T. Kevin Whiteman is a retired Master Sergeant of Marines. He has written for Examiner, Conservative Firing Line, and other blogs.

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