San Diego is preparing for the first female Marine recruits who will arrive early next year. It is a historic moment in the 100-year history of Marine boot camp in San Diego, as the Marines slowly march toward integrating women into their basic training.
The Marines are under a Congressional mandate to end separate basic training for women. San Diego has eight years to integrate women. All female recruits currently train at Parris Island in South Carolina. In February, that will change with the arrival of the first platoon of 60 female recruits.