Male and Female Platoons Integrate at Recruit Training
The Marine Corps is the only branch of the military that has yet to fully integrate male and female recruits during recruit training, but that could soon be coming to an end.
On January 5, 2019 the Marine Corps integrated about 50 female recruits into 3rd Recruit Training Battalion India Company. Since then, there have been a few more instances of male and female recruits integrating into one training company. When male and female recruits integrate, there will be one female platoon and five male platoons.
The Marine Corps has not committed to this as a permanent change. Leadership will use this time to evaluate how the company trains in this new model. The decision was made with the belief that the training will be more efficient.
Not much about how the recruits train will change. Female recruits will live in the same barracks as male recruits, but in separate squad bays. Female recruits will still be led by female drill instructors. There are female drill instructors at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego but there are still only male recruits. Only Parris Island has partially integrated training.
Before the announcement, male and female recruits mostly trained separately with the exception of swim qualification, rifle range, and classroom instructions. A lot of training in boot camp is conducted at the platoon level. That will not change. There will still be training events that male and female recruits conduct together, but the platoon training will remain separate.
Information available at mcrdpi.marines.mil.
Information updated on November 21, 2019.