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    Female Grunt Platoon Commander...

    Lieutenant becomes first woman to lead Marine infantry platoon

    First Lt. Marina A. Hierl has reportedly made history by becoming the first woman in the Marine Corps to lead an infantry platoon.

    The 24-year-old is one of four platoon commanders in Echo Company, a group of 175 Marines and Navy sailors who were recently sent to northern Australia, The New York Times reported Thursday.

    Hierl is one of two women to the 13-week Marines Corps’ Infantry Officer Course, according to the Times.

    “I wanted to do something important with my life,” she told the newspaper. “I wanted to be part of a group of people that would be willing to die for each other.”

    She is now leading a platoon of roughly 35 men for six months of training exercises in the Pacific, the Times reported.

    Capt. Neal T. Jones, commanding officer of Echo Company, reportedly asked for Hierl to be assigned to his unit.

    “If you’re the first to do something, that implies you have so many positive traits,” Jones said. “And that’s not always the case when it comes to every lieutenant — including myself.”

    Women has been eligible for combat roles in the military since 2013, when former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted a ban.

    Now there are 184,473 active-duty Marines, of whom 15,885 are women — including 80 serving in previously restricted combat roles, the Times reported.

    The newspaper noted that other Marines in Echo Company made what were described as sexist jokes when Hierl arrived, adding that the jokes have subsided as training continued.

    “She’s one of us,” Lance Corporal Segura said of Hierl.

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    Out of curiosity, anyone know the regiment and battalion?

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    most recent Aussie deployment info I can find is from 2016

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    Yeah, I couldn't find anything either. I have my doubts about this working very well, of course, I heard they come into the wire every night now. There might be something to this modern Marine Corps. Maybe we had to live like animals for nothing.

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    It wasn't for nothing, Russ......look at all the fun we had.11954773_809076102547446_3189838117907787473_n.jpg

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    Echo 2/4 is in Australia


    Other than that nothing. Not on the Corps, 2/4s' or any military website. Just the New York Times, the Hill, and the daily beast.

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    propaganda????? for "the masses"??????

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