Women Attend Marine Boot Camp At Parris Island, South Carolina

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Male and female Marine recruits prepare to enter the processing... News PhotoArrival,Conflict,Entering,Entrance,Horizontal,Infantry,Military,Parris Island,Politics,Preparation,Recruit,South Carolina,US Military,USA,WarPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesPARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 25: Male and female Marine recruits prepare to enter the processing center after arriving for boot camp on February 25, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Only Marine recruits are allowed to walk through the doors; and only once, the night they arrive at Parris Island. 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 On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, which had been in place since 1994, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units.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)