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The Only Female in Marine Corps' Infantry Course Drops Out

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 11:04 AM

The only female officer taking part in the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer's Course has dropped out after she failed to complete two conditioning hikes, CNN reports.

She was one of 34 officers who have fallen out of the course from a starting class of 97. The course began in July and ends at the end of next month.

The female officer's failure comes after Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the opening of all combat roles to women starting in January of this year. However, no female Marine has yet passed the Infantry Officer's Course.

In fact, Sputnik reports that for all the Marines combat roles, six out of seven women who have so far taken the physical fitness test have failed, a rate of 85.7 percent. Among men, the failure rate is 2.7 percent.

Throughout the entire army, there are now more than 220,000 combat positions that once were men only that are now open to women. However, only some 100 females have so far signed up.

As of now, there have been at least 22 new female officers who have been approved to enter the Army as second lieutenants in the infantry and armor branches, Army Times reports. After commissioning, the officers must complete branch-specific training before they can become infantry and armor officers.

Carter's historic move to open all combat positions to women came amid much controversy, CNN reports.

The Marine Corps had especially fought to keep at least certain tasks men-only, citing a study that suggests all-male squads are more effective in combat and are less likely to be injured than integrated groups.

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