Both male and female Marines ready to go on the range during a live-fire exercise. Marine officials estimate that about one third of the women in the infantry company (or Alpha Company) have dropped out, most due to injuries, though precise numbers have not been provided.
More than a dozen Marines from Alpha Company fan out across California's Mojave Desert, far into the distance. Machine-gun fire gives them cover. The small forms dash ahead. Some drop to one knee, others fall on their stomachs, firing at pop-up targets.