Marine Corps

2 U.S. Marines killed in Arizona helicopter crash

Helicopter
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The U.S. Marine Corps said Sunday that 2 pilots were killed after their helicopter crashed in Yuma, Arizona, during a routine training mission.

Details: The armed force branch said in a statement that the cause of the crash is currently under investigation, and that the names of the deceased will be withheld until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification.

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.