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Women Complete Marine Corps Infantry Course

Four Women Document Military History With a Selfie

On the heels of "selfie" becoming the word of the year, four women documented history with a selfie of their own, snapping a picture of themselves after becoming the first females to complete the Marine Corps infantry evaluation course. Private First Class Harlee Bradford, nicknamed "Rambo," posted the photo to Instagram on Nov. 9, including the caption, "And then there was four." She and the other three women were among a group of 15 enlisted women who were the first to volunteer for a Marine Corps pilot course. In January, the Pentagon announced plans to integrate women into combat jobs that were previously held only by men. "Not everyone is going to be able to be a combat soldier," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters. "But everyone is entitled to a chance." These women took that chance, and throughout the 59-day course, they were required to meet the same physical standards as the male students, including a five-hour hike carrying nearly 90 pounds of gear at a four-miles-per-hour pace. On Tuesday, Bradford told Marine Corps Times about a leg injury that's preventing her from graduating with the other three women in a ceremony later this week. She still plans to finish the program, though, then graduate with the next class. After completing the course, all students return to their originally slated schools to complete noncombat training.

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