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Marine Corps to award job titles such as ‘Rifleman’ to women who have completed infantry training

Sgt. Emma A. Bringas and Lance Cpl. Terrence A. Lay, fire a SMAW during a nine month study to evaluate the performance of women in combat roles. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders/Released)
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The Marine Corps is set to allow women who have done the training to assume combat jobs and titles that had previously been closed to them.

Opening the specialties will pave the way for the women who have completed the training–such as the Marines’ enlisted School of Infantry–to request transfer into previously closed jobs such as those in the infantry, armor and artillery, according to a Marine official who requested anonymity to discuss the changes as they had yet to be announced.

Approximately 100 women, for instance, were part of the Marine Corps’ Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, known as the GCEITF, a nine-month study that evaluated the performance of female Marines in previously closed combat jobs. The study, which wrapped up last fall, included a large number of women who had completed formal training for the jobs they held during the experiment.

The women who completed the training were given a completion code for finishing courses like Infantry Training Battalion but not the official titles such as rifleman, machine gunner and anti-tank missileman. That will now change and the Marine Corps will soon have its first female rifleman.

“I never thought that I would actually get credit for that,” said Sgt. Danielle Beck, a soon to be anti-tank missileman. “It’s awesome.”