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By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer
Second Lt. Sage Santangelo wasn’t able to retake the Infantry Officer Course, but other female volunteers might get that chance, thanks to a case she made to the commandant of the Marine Corps this year.
In an opinion editorial published March 30 in the Washington Post, Santangelo, 24, made a daring claim: that female Marine officers still were not being given a fighting chance to pass the grueling infantry training due to insufficient physical preparation and the inability to retake the course, if they chose to do so.
“It’s frustrating to me that there are still doubts about whether women are capable of handling combat environments,” Santangelo wrote, calling on Marine brass to act in a bold conclusion to her op-ed. “ ... we need to figure out how to set women up to excel in infantry roles.”