Three female marines have the chance to make history as CET grads


PAUL SZOLDRA --- Business Insider 

Three female Marine officers attending Infantry Officer Course passed the grueling Combat Endurance Test on Thursday, and they now have a real shot at making history if they go on to pass the course as its first female graduates.

The CET, which involves physical and mental stressors, is one of the first tests officers must pass before they can continue the 13-week course that qualifies them to lead infantry platoons. Marine officials told the Washington Post that two female captains made it through, along with a female lieutenant who volunteered to retake the course after failing in July.

In total, 100 officers — male and female — attempted the course, and 30 of them failed, a source told Business Insider.

Out of a handful of women who have attempted the course, only one has been able to pass the initial CET, although she had to be dropped from the course for a stress fracture in her foot one week later.

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