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24-Year-Old Marina Hierl Becomes First Woman To Lead An Infantry Platoon In The Marines

24-Year-Old Marina Hierl Becomes First Woman To Lead An Infantry Platoon In The Marines

At only 24 years old, First Lieutenant Marina Hierl becomes the first woman to lead an infantry platoon in the United States Marines

Leading a group of 35 male soldiers in the Third Platoon of 4th Echo Company, 24-year-old First Lieutenant Marina Hierl is not only very young to be leading nearly three dozen soldiers but she also happens to be the first woman in the United States history to be doing so for the Marines.

Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Gregory Boyd

Photo courtesy of U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Gregory Boyd

Her promotion to  First Lieutenant came only a year after she passed the force’s gruelingly tough 13-week infantry officer course. She is also one of two women to ever pass the course, even though 37 other women have also attempted the course but have failed.

Hierl told The New York Times that she wanted to lead a platoon, stating that “I didn’t think there was anything better in the marine corps I could do… I wanted to do something important with my life. I wanted to be part of a group of people that would be willing to die for each other.”

Photo courtesy of  The New York Times

Photo courtesy of The New York Times

A University of Southern California graduate, the Pennsylvania native Hierl applied to become an officer after there was a lift in the ban on women in combat roles back in 2015. Hierl is now based in California’s Camp Pendleton and is leading her platoon on six months of training exercises in Australia. She’s also gotten a lot of praise as a solder from her commanding officer Captain Neal T Jones.

Although the gap between men and woman within the military is slowly closing, Hierl is just one of 80 women who serve a combat role within the Marines. Let us know what you think about Hierl in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more infantry news and other entertaining reads.

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