Three Cheers For Anonymous Woman No. 1.
Late last week, a female Marine lieutenant became the first woman to complete the opening test of the Marine Corps’ school for infantry officers. NPR’s Tom Bowman was there, and this morning his report aired. Listen to it here.
Two women attempted the test, one completed the first day. (Twenty-eight of 107 men who began the first day did not succeed either.)
The Corps has opened the school to female lieutenants as part of an experiment examining the possibility of opening more battlefield jobs to women. Under the conditions for covering the event, journalists agreed to provide anonymity to the women who volunteered. With time, no doubt, the name of the female officer who completed the first test will become known within the Corps, as she has, in two words, made history. Her achievement will likely follow her inside the ranks.
(Note: We had intended to attend this event, too, but were unable to be there due to commitments covering Syria. We plan to circle back later, and give this story more of the coverage it deserves.)
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A male officer during the water portion of the test. Early July, 2012. By the author.
For more details, go here. Or here, “Looking for Answers to One of the Last Questions About Women at War.)