A new report shows that men suffer far more injuries than women at the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course.
Marine Corps Times obtained data via a Freedom of Information Act request and discovered that male Marines suffer injuries such as foot stress fractures, dislocated knees, and assorted shoulder injuries.
Far more men apply for and are accepted into the program than women, but the numbers show that only one of the 41 reported injuries at the 13-week school from June 2016-June 2018 was to a female — a bruised rib.
Thirty-eight women have attempted to make it through the grueling, 13-week course, and roughly eight have been accepted into the program since women were allowed in. Of that, two have graduated.
The Infantry Officer Course involves several long hikes over mixed terrain while carrying equipment weighing more than 100 pounds and various skills and physical tests. It is used to determine who will serve as infantry officers in the service.
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