Women Invited to Grueling Course

    USN Hospital Corspman HM2 Vanessa Siemasz (R) assigned in Female Engagement Team (FET) and HM2 (FMF) Amy Housley from 1st Battalion 7th Marines Regiment work out at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Jackson also known as Sabit Khadam on June 15, 2012.  The US-led war in Afghanistan has cost the lives of around 3,000 US and allied troops, seen thousands of Afghans killed and cost hundreds of billions of dollars.   AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY        (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Starting in September, female Marines will be allowed to participate in the Combat Endurance Test, one of the last male-only entities of the U.S. military as well as one of the most grueling. Including volunteer female officers in the 86-day course is an experiment to see whether female Marines can and should engage in more intensive combat roles. The study could take at least a year, and the Marine Corps is not expecting many volunteers—women make up only 6 percent of the Marines, and many male Marines avoid the labor-intensive course as it is.

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