Today three women will graduate today from Marine infantry training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina. They're the first women to pass the "grunt" test, which, at best, is described as "grueling." They took a selfie to celebrate. But Pfc. Julia Carroll, Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro and Pfc. Katie Gorz won't start fighting in combat zones just yet. The military is still reviewing whether or not women should serve in an infantry unit, and the process could take up to two years.
In the meantime, these Marine women will wait for (and hopefully encourage) more women to train and pass the test. And, as The Washington Post notes, there are more tests ahead:
Marine Corps leaders say... no woman has passed the even more challenging infantry training course for officers (10 have tried). Before making a final decision, they said, they want to see many more female Marines try to pass the courses so the results can be evaluated.
One test that's being postponed? Pull-ups. The Marine Corps announced on Facebook on Thursday that instead of requiring women do at least three pull-ups starting January 1, it will continue test their physical fitness with the "flexed arm hang," or holding their chin above the bar for at least 15 seconds. The reason is "to ensure all female Marines are provided with the best opportunity to succeed." The announcement prompted some military men to air their opinion on having women in combat.