I shouldn't have to say any of this. Remember I love you guys, so here goes....
We do not accept women in the ranks! Ever. For any reason. Period. At these 150th mainstream events there are plenty of units that accept women. Go find one of those. If you are a female and insist on figuring out a way to get in the ranks, go do it with another unit. I will protect my guys experience at all costs. Consider this my private boat party that happens to have a historical theme (I signed the contracts and don't have an affiliation with a government entity that says I must admit you, so I'm not).
You need to be 16 years of age. It really should be 18 years of age. This event really has the chance for a fatality if you screw up. Slipping over the side or off the gang plank happened frequently back then and it can happen easily today. Thank goodness we have a 20+ year modern Navy verteran that was a deck master of amphibious assault craft running our deck. He can probably help the crew get the boat close to the shore to drop the gang plank. After that, it's up to you. And remember you are doing this in the dark, and maybe in the rain or sleet. You must be careful or you will slip. And you will go under so fast with all of your gear, even if we had someone standing by with a life ring we couldn't throw it to you fast enough. You don't want to screw this one up boys. Remember you might be able to hold your muzzle above the water and breathe through the cone! The last sentence was not advice.
And once you make it on shore, you have a five mile march. It will not be flat. It might be a mile of thick mud first before you get to the road. It will be hilly. Remember Bummers? Get in shape. I don't have plans to pick you up when you realize you cannot make it. Know you can easily make it BEFORE the event.