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First female Marines complete infantry training: ‘You can make it if you put everything into it’

- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 21, 2013

The first females have graduated from the Marines infantry school — and now two of the three women who completed the historical feat are talking.

Pfc. Julia Carroll and Pfc. Katie Gorz, and Pfc. Cristina Fuentes Montenegro graduated from the course at Camp Geiger, N.C., Thursday morning.

"Our instructor, he told us all it takes is everything you got, and it’s true," Pfc. Fuentes Montenegro said, the Military Times reported. "Once you are committed to a goal, you can make it if you put everything into it."

"I don't really feel anything special just because, [the male graduates] did the same thing that we did, and a lot of them did it better than us," Pfc. Carroll said. "I don't feel any different from them, I don't think." Pfc. Gorz declined to comment.

You are prepared," Lt. Col. Dave Wallis, the battalion's commanding officer, said at the graduation ceremony to all of the Marines. "No matter where you go, the training you received will fare you well."

Fifteen female Marines reported to ITB [Infantry Training Battalion] on Sept. 24 alongside male counterparts for the 59-day course, the Military Times reported. The three women who graduated completed a road march of more than 12 miles with over 90 pounds of gear strapped to their body.

Despite completing the training, the three women will not be added to the infantry battalions.

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