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Women Break Gender Barrier in Marine Infantry Training

Women in the U.S. Marine Corps for the first time graduated alongside their male counterparts today after successfully completing the grueling infantry training course at Camp Geiger, North Carolina.

Of 15 women who started in September after boot camp, three made it through the 59-day infantry training program that required meeting the same combat skills and physical requirements as the men -- including a five-hour, 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) march carrying about 90 pounds of gear. Of the 266 men who started, 221 are graduating today, according to Captain Geraldine Carey, a Marine Corps spokeswoman.