Two more female officers fail in Marines’ infantry course

Corps commanders have said they will not lower standards

Two more female officers fail in Marines’ infantry course

(File photo/USMC/Lance Cpl. Vincent White)

By Rowan Scarborough
The Washington Times

A third pair of female Marine lieutenants has failed to complete the Corps’ Infantry Officer Course at Quantico, Va.

The Marine Corps Times embedded a reporter with the latest class of candidates. It reported Wednesday that one of the women was pulled for falling behind schedule. The other made it to the course’s end but did not meet its standards, as did six men, the newspaper said.

Corps commanders have said they will not lower standards to ensure that women can qualify for direct ground combat units. The Pentagon last winter lifted the ban on women in such jobs, but it has opted to conduct two years of study on how sex-integration would work for infantry, armor and special operations.

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