Three women have passed the recently revised Marine Corps fitness tests and will graduate from Camp Geiger on Thursday amongst their 221 male peers. A fourth will likely pass in December, but a stress fracture has prevented her from taking her last physical test. As exciting as that news is, they won't join infantry units; they'll be be placed in other positions in the Corps, as they're merely the beginning of a pilot program the Corps has implemented to see whether women can serve in all levels of combat.
According to the Marine Corps Times, the original class of trainees had 15 women who began at the end of September. By mid-October, only 7 remained – unsurprising, considering the Marine Corps' notoriously grueling training process that women have, until recently, been prevented from participating in. Since the possibility of women going through the training was first opened last year, ten women have attempted to pass and none have completed it.