Pfc. Brittany Holloway during her infantry training at Camp Geiger (Source: Holloway's family)
FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The Marine Corps says 19-year-old Brittany Holloway, of Fountain Inn, is just the 14th female to complete infantry school and the first from South Carolina to do it.
Holloway said she knew that very few women had completed the training but was honored to find out she was the first from the Palmetto state.
The Marine Corps opened up the school at Camp Geiger to women after the ban on females in combat was lifted last year. Holloway graduated the grueling nine-week course Thursday morning.
Holloway said she enlisted in the Marines after graduating from Woodmont High School because she wanted to be the best, and as for choosing to go through infantry school
"I picked it because it's tough," said Holloway. "I wanted that challenge. I wanted to prove to people that I could do it."
A Marine Corps spokesperson told FOX Carolina that Holloway was held to the same standards as males going through the training. Holloway was required to learn how to operate various weapons, do pull-ups, crunches, run three miles, and go on a 20 km hike carrying 80 pounds of gear among other things.
"The females were doing the same things as the males," said Holloway. "It was hard for everyone."
Holloway said she will not be assigned to an infantry until the Marine Corps finalizes plans on how to integrate females into those units. Holloway said as soon as infantry units begin accepting females she hopes to be transferred to one.
And Holloway hopes other women will follow in her footsteps.
"Females are not built the same as men but it doesn't mean they can't do the same thing or bring a different way to do the same thing," Holloway said.
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