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    Marine Women to Front Lines

    US Marine Gunner Vincent Pope (L) from Weapon Trainning and Employment Batallion Gunner briefs Marines from Combat Operation Patrol (COP) Bandini of 2nd Batallion 8 Marine (2/8) Weapons Company 81's Platoon before they shoot targets to zeroing their rifles' scopes at COP Wilson in Sistani, Helmand Province, on May 9, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO (Photo credit should read BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bay Ismoyo, AFP / Getty Images

    The Marines are beginning to integrate women into combat operations, following a new Pentagon policy released in February. The Marines are opening up ground combat battalions once closed to women, and allowing women to attend the infantry-officer school in Quantico, Va. Women still can't serve as infantrymen or Special Operations commandos, but they will be able to work in administration, logistics, communications, and motor transport at the battalion level, a step closer to combat than they were previously allowed to work.

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