First women graduate from Infantry Training Battalion

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 06:15 PM.

“Altogether it was just training, day in and day out,” Carroll said. “Keep your focus on the training — that’s the key to success.”

The third woman to graduate, Gorz, 19, of St. Paul, Minn., did not wish to be interviewed by media.

The male students responded well to the integration of the women, according to Pfc. Trent Wetzel, 18, of Hedgesville, W.Va. While everyone has their own opinions, he said, Marines work hand-in-hand with women every day, so integrating the infantry is not a big deal. Besides, he said, some of the women performed better than some men and vice versa.

“You’re all in it together,” said Wetzel, who also graduated Delta Company and will next report to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines at Camp Lejeune. “All you have is each other and that’s a bond you will never forget. 

Thomas Brennan is a reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News.



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