Enter GI Jane.
On Monday, a lieutenant — who asked to remain anonymous — completed the grueling Infantry Officer Course to become the first-ever female officer in the Marines.
This real-life GI Jane endured trials we can’t even imagine.
The Infantry Officer Course is notoriously tough.
According to the Marines, the IOC “trains and educat[s] newly selected infantry and ground intelligence officers in [the] leadership, infantry skills, and character required to serve as infantry platoon commanders in the operating forces.”
It takes 13 weeks, or nearly three months, of intense training at Quantico, the base in near Triangle, Virginia. Through rain or shine, sleet or snow, our GI Jane was there, kicking ass and taking names.
Her feat cannot be understated.
Before GI Jane completed the training course, 36 women had failed it. In fact, most applicants never make it past the first combat endurance test, which is a 14-hour hike complete with obstacle course and 20-foot rope. Of the 131 Marines that took on the course with our GI Jane, only 88 passed.
While other Marines were falling left and right, GI Jane kept on keeping on.
She did so in the face of incredible odds.
Here’s a short rundown of the kind of things she had to do:
The course requires both proficiency in the field, and the strength and stamina to carry equipment weighing up to 152 pounds. The school begins with a day-long combat endurance test that includes rigorous hikes through Quantico’s rolling, wooded hills, an obstacle course and assessments of skills like weapons assembly and land navigation.
In case you missed it, she had to lift 152 pounds.
That’s the equivalent of one full-grown adult, which our GI Jane had to carry through day-long hikes, obstacle courses, and other varied and undoubtedly unpleasant military exercises.