October 21, 2014. Camp LeJeune, North Carolina.
LCpl. Jada Connor, age 19, who is one of the female volunteers for the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, has her upper body strength tested by the University of Pittsburgh. UPITT is in charge of the medical testing section of the GCEITF.
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