October 22, 2014. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
LCpl. Karla Cardenas, age 20, 2nd from left, buckles her helmet before taking part in patrol training for the 3rd Platoon of the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force. Marines in 3rd Platoon of the GCEITF are all considered provisional infantrymen as they have not been to the School of Infantry (SOI) previous to volunteering for the GCEITF.
The Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force is a battalion level unit created in...more »