Twitter Reacts To The First Woman To Graduate From The Marines' Toughest Program

It is a historic moment.

In a historic moment, the first woman is set to graduate from the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Program.

The 84-week training is considered among the most difficult in all of the armed forces, and three dozen women had previously tried and failed before this unnamed lieutenant finished the course this week. Marine Corps officials have yet to release her name and sources told The Washington Post that they don't expect her to do any interviews with media.

IOC — as it's called amongst Marines — usually sees about 25 percent of officers in training drop out or fail. But this woman will not just graduate, she will graduate with the rank of Lieutenant and lead an infantry platoon of 40 soldiers, according to The Washington Post. Her graduation comes less than year after a scandal broke in the Marines when over 1,000 soldiers and veterans were caught sharing naked photos of female colleagues in an online network.

As news of her accomplishment broke, congratulations came in from Twitter from politicians, veterans, and journalists. 

It has been about two years since former President Barack Obama's administration opened all combat roles to women. At the time, Defense Secretary Ash Carter foreshadowed this day.

"There will be no exceptions," Carter said at a news conference."They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They'll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men."

While this moment may have been controversial just ten or fifteen years ago, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive since the news broke on Thursday.

Cover photo: Shutterstock / NEstudio

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