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Female Marines learn combat skills

Pfc. Michaela Walker and Pfc. Britney James climb an obstacle on the Endurance Course.
Pfc. Michaela Walker and Pfc. Britney James climb an obstacle on the Endurance Course.Scott Olson / Getty Images
Pfc. Margarita Salinas patrols during Marine Combat Training.Scott Olson / Getty Images

Since 1988 all non-infantry enlisted male Marines have been required to complete 29 days of basic combat skills training at MCT after graduating from boot camp. MCT has been required for all enlisted female Marines since 1997. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.

Pvt. Kristain Oldham from Peoria, Illinois prepares to throw a practice grenade during Marine Combat Training.Scott Olson / Getty Images
Pfc. Tiernie Gayle climbs over an obstacle on the Endurance Course.Scott Olson / Getty Images