The two-and-a-half year period in which the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course became gender-integrated for research will end without a single female graduate.
The final iteration of IOC to accept female Marines on a volunteer basis began April 2 with two female participants. One was a volunteer and one was a member of the newly integrated ground intelligence track.
Both were dropped that same day during the grueling initial Combat Endurance Test, said Capt. Maureen Krebs, a spokeswoman for Headquarters Marine Corps. Nine of the 90 men who began the course were also cut.
A lot of time and money wasted, but… the Marine Corps now has significant evidence to support its likely recommendation to not open certain ground combat career fields to women.
Of course, the feminist argument will be that the standards of IOC are arbitrary and capricious, and should be watered down.