Marine Corps

Marine boot camp will integrate men and women for first time

Women of the Marine Corps
Male and female Marines lined up together. Photo: Scott Olson via Getty Images

For the first time in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps, male and female platoons will be integrated during boot camp, ABC News reports.

Details: 50 female recruits will join the historically all-male third battalion at the Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina. The change is being implemented to save resources, as recruiting classes are often smaller in the winter. The Marine Corps, which at 9% has the lowest percentage of women among the armed service branches, will evaluate whether to make the policy permanent after this training cycle.

6 Marines declared dead after plane crash off coast of Japan

A U.S. Marine KC-130.
A U.S. Marine KC-130. Photo: JIJI Press/AFP/Getty Images

The U.S. Marine Corps has called off the search of the remaining five Marines that went missing after an aircraft collision between a KC-130 Hercules and F/A-18 Hornet off the coast of Japan, the III Marine Expeditionary Force said on Facebook Monday.

Details: With the search being called off, the death toll from the collision has risen from one to six. After the crash on Wednesday, Japanese, Australian and U.S. aircraft, ships and other assets spent approximately 900 hours searching more than 35,000 square nautical miles, III Marine Expeditionary Force said. The names of those deceased have not been released at this time.

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