The First Group Of Women Graduated From The US Army Infantry Training

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The first group of women graduated from @usarmy infantry training,  but with soldiers obscured by body armor, camouflage face paint and smoke grenades, it was hard to distinguish the mixed-gender squads from those of earlier generations, nd that’s just how the Army wants it.

After the Obama administration ordered the military in 2013 to open all combat positions to women, the Army developed gender-neutral performance standards to ensure that recruits entering the infantry were all treated the same.

It has sought to play down the significance of the new female infantrymen — as they’re still known — not mentioning, when families gathered last week for their graduation, that the 18 women who made it through would be the first in more than 2 centuries for the American infantry. But just before graduation, one female drill sergeant pulled aside a group of female privates and gave them her unofficial assessment: “This is a big deal.” Melissa Golden (@eyesplosion) took this series of photos of women and men training together.

The first group of women graduated from @usarmy infantry training last week. But with soldiers obscured by body armor, camouflage face paint and smoke grenades, it was hard to distinguish the mixed-gender squads from those of earlier generations. And that’s just how the #Army wants it. After the Obama administration ordered the military in 2013 to open all combat positions to women, the Army developed gender-neutral performance standards to ensure that recruits entering the infantry were all treated the same. It has sought to play down the significance of the new female infantrymen — as they’re still known — not mentioning, when families gathered last week for their graduation, that the 18 women who made it through would be the first in more than 2 centuries for the American infantry. But just before graduation, one female drill sergeant pulled aside a group of female privates and gave them her unofficial assessment: “This is a big deal.” Melissa Golden (@eyesplosion) took this series of photos of women and men training together. Swipe left to see more photos, including 2 from the graduation, and and visit the link in our profile to read the full story.

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