October 23, 2014. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
Cpl. Raquel Mathieu heads out of the door of the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer. The ISMT allows Marines to train on different weapons in various simulated combat scenarios before taking part in live fire exercises.
The Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force is a battalion level unit created in an effort to assess Marines in a series of physical and medical tests to establish baseline standards as the Corps analyze the best way to possibly integrate female Marines into combat arms occupational specialities, such as infantry personnel, for which they were previously not eligible. The unit will be comprised of approx. 650 Marines in total, with about 400 of those being volunteers, both male and female.
Jeremy M. Lange for the Wall Street Journal