A female US Marine has made history by becoming the first woman to complete the Corps' famously grueling infantry officer training.
The lieutenant, who wants to keep her identity private, graduated in Quantico, Virginia, on Monday.
She will soon be assigned to lead a 40-strong platoon.
Former US Defense Secretary, Ash Carter, stated that starting in 2016 all combat jobs would open to women.
Infantry Officer Course produces infantry officers for the US Marines and is the prerequisite course for ground intelligence officers.
The 13-week course trains and educates newly selected infantry and ground intelligence officers in leadership, infantry skills, and character required to serve as infantry platoon commanders in the operating forces.
131 Marines started the course in July, and 88 graduated today.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller said: “Marines expect and rightfully deserve competent and capable leaders, and these [Infantry Officer Course] graduates met every training requirement as they prepare for the next challenge of leading infantry marines; ultimately, in combat.
“I am proud of this officer and those in her class who have earned the infantry officer MOS."