October 22, 2014. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
Cpl. Allison DeVries, age 21, left, and LCpl. Vicki Harris, age 20, are Marines in artillery Battery A of the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. The two Marines have the MOS of field artillery cannoneer (0811), a job previously closed to women.
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