Women Attend Marine Boot Camp At Parris Island, South Carolina


Marine Recruit Stacey Graham of Richmond, Virginia and other Marine... News PhotoArrival,Conflict,Drill Instructor,Horizontal,Infantry,Military,Parris Island,Politics,Recruit,Richmond - Virginia,South Carolina,US Military,USA,WarPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesPARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 25: Marine Recruit Stacey Graham (lower right) of Richmond, Virginia and other Marine recruits respond to a drill instructor’s orders to call home shortly after arriving at boot camp on February 25, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. One of the first things Marine recruits do after arriving at Parris Island is make a call home where they read a script to let their families know that they have arrived safely at the base. 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 On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, which had been in place since 1994, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units.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)