Women Attend Marine Boot Camp At Parris Island, South Carolina

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As mandated by their drill instructors, female Marine recruits place... News PhotoCafeteria,Conflict,Drill Instructor,Drink,Drinking Glass,Horizontal,Infantry,Lunch,Military,Parris Island,Politics,Recruit,South Carolina,US Military,USA,War,WaterPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesPARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 26: As mandated by their drill instructors, female Marine recruits place their water canteens directly in front of their beverage glass while having lunch during boot camp on February 26, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Female enlisted Marines have gone through recruit training at the base since 1949. About 11 percent of female recruits who arrive at the boot camp fail to complete the training, which can be physically and mentally demanding. On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, which had been in place since 1994, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)