USMC Finally Lets the Ladies into Officer Infantry School

infantry officer course Marine Corps to open officer infantry school to women

By Jennifer Hlad, Stars and Stripes
Published: April 19, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps will soon allow women to attend its school for infantry officers, as part of a larger effort to determine how to expand the role of women in the Corps.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, told the Marine Corps Times on Wednesday that the service is in the process of soliciting volunteers to attend the Infantry Officer Course in Quantico, Va.

All Marine infantry officers attend the 10-week course after completing The Basic School. Dunford and other Marine officials have not said what the next steps will be for women who volunteer to attend the school.

The Marine Corps is expected to release a service-wide message soon about expanding career and training opportunities for women. The message will include information about women attending IOC.

The Corps earlier this year requested that Congress approve an exception to policy that would allow female company-grade officers and female staff noncommissioned officers who already hold certain military occupational specialties, such as communications, to be assigned to about 400 corresponding jobs with ground combat element units at the battalion level. The units include artillery, tanks, amphibious assault, low-altitude air defense, combat assault and combat engineers, but not infantry units.

Women will be considered for those positions starting in May.

Dunford also told the Marine Corps Times there is a plan to evaluate male and female Marines against new physical fitness standards that are being developed. The information from all the new initiatives will be incorporated into a report later this year from the Corps to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.


National Veterans Golden Age Games 2012 in St. Louis, MO

May 31st -June 5, 2012 in St. Louis, MO

Athletes at the Arch

The 26th National Veterans Golden Age Games will be held in St. Louis, MO! The Games will be held May 31 – June 5 offering exciting competition for Veterans age 55 and older who receive care at the VA.

More than 700 Veterans have registered to compete in this national event, which is one of the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation programs in the United States. It is the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

The National Veterans Golden Age Games is also one of the most progressive and adaptive rehabilitative senior sports programs in the world, offering 14 different sports and recreational activities including:

Air Rifle, Bowling, Cycling, 9-Ball, Checkers, Croquet, Dominos,  Golf, Horseshoes, Table Tennis, Shot Put, Discus, Shuffleboard,  and Swimming….Learn More >


Special Events

Interested in creative arts or attending a sports clinic? Check out these VA sponsored special events that are coming up soon.