New Hampshire woman among first Marine combat recruits

Associated Press
Monday, December 19, 2016

A New Hampshire high school graduate is among the first female recruits training in South Carolina to become a U.S. Marine Corps combat soldier.

Foster’s Daily Democrat reports Katelen (Kiki) Van Aken received her diploma from Dover High School in June.

Van Aken says she jumped at the chance to join the infantry after a rule change last year allowed women to serve in the military in any capacity.

She’s one of a small number of female recruits sent to recruit training with contracts to become infantry Marines.

She says infantry is the first line of defense where she can be “out at the front making the difference.”