For the first time in the Marines corps 243 year history Lt. Marina A. Hierl will be the first female to assume the command of an infantry platoon. Assigned to echo company Lt. Marina will be in charge of 35 marines.
Echo Company is made up of 175 Marines and sailors. The group is currently stationed in Australia and responsible for rapid response in the Pacific region.
“Hierl is a 24-year-old woman from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,” The Daily Mail reports. “As a teen, she worked on a local horse farm. Before graduating high school, she decided to enlist in the Marines because the recruited for the Corps made it ‘sound good’,” she told reporters.
“I wanted to do something important with my life,” she said. “I wanted to be part of a group of people that would be willing to die for each other.”
Her recruitment officer advised her to attend college, then join the Corps. Hierl took the advice and went to University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
When she joined the Marines, she knew what she wanted to do. “I wanted to lead a platoon,” she said. “I didn’t think there was anything better in the Marine Corps I could do.”
Hierl completed the 13-week infantry officer course at Quantico, Virginia. To date, 37 women have attempted the course. Hierl is one of two who have completed the course.
Capt. Neal Jones, commanding officer of…