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 platoons 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. There will be one female platoon and five male platoons.
The Marine Corps has not committed to this change as permanent. 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.
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. Now the male and female platoons will be the primary formation for initial training, and will progressively combine for larger training events throughout boot camp.
Again, this change is NOT permanent as of January 9, 2019. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Information available at mcrdpi.marines.mil.