1. BREAKING BARRIERS

    Military Readies for Women in Combat

    PARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 27:  Marine Recruit Haley Evans from St Louis, Missouri stands in formation during boot camp February 27, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Female enlisted Marines have gone through recruit training at the base since 1949. About 11 percent of female recruits who arrive at the boot camp fail to complete the training, which can be physically and mentally demanding. On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, which had been in place since 1994, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    As early as 2015, women could finally start preparing for combat roles in the military. New plans, already approved by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, lay out a timetable for female soldiers to begin training as Army Rangers and Navy SEALs and include possible changes to mental and physical standards—one for male soldiers, one for female—to qualify for certain front-line jobs. The initiative comes after the suggestion, made earlier this year, that the disparity caused by keeping women out of combat might have something to do with the military’s rampant sexual-assault problem.

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