HISTORY Basic Training

February 23, 1949

Women Arrive to Parris Island, SC

The 3d Recruit Battalion at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island was reactivated for training. Women Marine recruits began arriving at Parris Island.

February 23, 1949

March 17, 1986

Physical Training

A drill instructor demonstrates curls to female Marine recruits during physical training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

March 17, 1986

February 2021

Women Arrive to San Diego, CA

The historic first was motivated by the National Defense Authorization Act, signed in 2020, which required the Marines to begin training male and female recruits together before 2028.

February 2021