DC-based photographer Luke Sharrett documented the last all-male Combat Endurance Test in Marine Corps history.
In July I had the privilege of accompanying veteran New York Times war correspondent C.J. Chivers to Marine Corp Base Quantico in Northeast Virginia to document the last all-male Combat Endurance Test in Marine Corps history. For the first time in history female Marines are now allowed to volunteer for the course as part of an experimental program. The CET is an intensely grueling and secretive ordeal that all Marine Officers must endure on the path to becoming infantry officers. Because the test is designed to weed out officers who don’t have what it takes to lead United States Infantry Marines under fire, it’s the first segment of the strenuous Marine Infantry Officer Course.
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