Female Marines Enter Combat Training Battalion
CAMP PENDLETON — For the first time in Marine Corps history, female Marines on Tuesday, March 6 checked into the Marine Combat Training Battalion within the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton, military officials said.
The 40 female Marines, arriving from Parris Island, South Carolina, will be fully integrated with the male Marines at the platoon and squad level as part of Golf Company, said Capt. Joshua Pena.
The addition of the female Marines will not change the battalion’s training or its training timeline, he said.
Once the rotation is at full capacity, there will be approximately 1,700 women trained at the Combat Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton.
“It’s never been done in the history of the Marine Corps,” Pena said. “In the past, the Marine Corps has trained women in combat training on the East Coast because that’s where the facilities are.”
Women have undergone combat training on the East Coast for decades. Plans began about a year ago to add combat training at Camp Pendleton, Pena said. In order to prepare for the female Marines, medical services, bathrooms and housing had to be modified at existing buildings.Read More...