Female Recruits to Train in Previously All-Male Battalion

Beginning today, a platoon of female Marine recruits will train within a company of male recruits, marking the first time women will be integrated into a previously all-male unit at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

Marine Corps officials said Friday that a platoon of 50 women will start training with 3rd Recruit Training Battalion on Jan. 5. The news was first reported early Friday afternoon by ABC News.

Officials said the company will be smaller than "what is typically part of the training cycle" but was made to support "training efficiency."

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