First Female Marine Graduates Infantry Officer Course
QUANTICO, Va. — A female Marine officer made history Sept. 25 by completing the Infantry Officer Course and earning the infantry officer military occupational specialty (MOS), the Marine Corps said in a release of the same date.
The lieutenant, who asked to keep her identity private, is the first female officer to successfully complete the course since the Marine Corps opened all MOSs to women in April 2016.
“I am proud of this officer and those in her class who have earned the infantry officer MOS,” said Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.
Infantry Officer Course is the MOS-producing school for Marine Corps infantry officers and the prerequisite course for ground intelligence officers. The grueling 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.
One hundred and thirty-one Marines started the course in July, and 88 graduated Sept. 25.
“Marines expect and rightfully deserve competent and capable leaders, and these IOC graduates met every training requirement as they prepare for the next challenge of leading infantry Marines; ultimately, in combat,” Neller said.
The lieutenant’s follow-on assignment is to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.