May 17 is Armed Forces Day in the U.S. The holiday is celebrated by many world nations to honor their militaries at various dates throughout the year, but the U.S. holiday was created in 1949 following the consolidation of the U.S. Military through the Department of Defense.
This photo shows a Marine in the forest of Camp Geiger, N.C., during patrol week last year, a five-day training event that teaches infantry students basic offensive, defensive and patrolling techniques. This Marine is part of the Delta company, was the first in the Marines to fully integrate females into an entire training cycle. And the performance of Delta company was used to determine the future use of women in combat-related military jobs.