For the first time in the Marine Corps history, women are being allowed to attend what was previously a male-only training course at Camp Pendleton.
Captain Joshua Pena says 40 female Marine students checked into the Marine Combat Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton.
The course is meant for Marines who have finished boot camp, but aren't assigned to infantry jobs yet.
It lasts a month and includes basic combat training, patrol and convoy operations, marksmanship and training in the use of grenade launchers and machine guns.
Eventually, more than 1,700 women are expected to go through the course each year.