US Marine First Female Infantry Leader
24-year-old First Lieutenant Marina Hierl has become the first ever woman leading an infantry platoon for the US Marines. With military careers dominated by males, Hierl has 35 male soldiers under her command in the Third Platoon of 4th Echo Company. Amid skepticism among some troops, First Lieutenant Hierl’s promotion came just a year after she became one of only two women to make it through the force’s notoriously challenging 13-week infantry officer course. Women make up just 15% of 1.3 million troops, so Hierl’s promotion is a win for women in this underrepresented field.