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Female Marines learn combat skills

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Pfc. Michaela Walker and Pfc. Britney James climb an obstacle on the Endurance Course.

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Pfc. Margarita Salinas patrols during Marine Combat Training.

Since 1988 all non-infantry enlisted male Marines have been required to complete 29 days of basic combat skills training at MCT after graduating from boot camp. MCT has been required for all enlisted female Marines since 1997. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.

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Pvt. Kristain Oldham from Peoria, Illinois prepares to throw a practice grenade during Marine Combat Training.

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Pfc. Tiernie Gayle climbs over an obstacle on the Endurance Course.