A female Marine has passed the grueling Marine Corps Basic Reconnaissance Course (BRC).

Earlier in November, Lance Corporal Alexa Barth became the first-ever female to graduate from the 12-week course.

Although Lance Cpl. Barth has been awarded the coveted 0321 military occupational specialty (MOS), which distinguishes her as a Recon Marine, she is currently going through more schools, alongside her colleagues, before being assigned to an operational Recon unit.

This process is called accession pipeline training. It includes a number of general schools, for example Airborne, Combat Diver, Survival Escape Resistance and Evasion (SERE). Marines also have to complete their MOS schools during this time, for example, Special Operations Medic Course (SOMC), Radio school, etc.