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    Army Seeks ‘Average-Looking’ Women

    PARRIS ISLAND, SC - JUNE 25:  Female Marine Corps recruit Christina Belland, 19, of Wyoming, Minnesota goes through urban warfare training at the United States Marine Corps recruit depot June 25, 2004 in Parris Island, South Carolina. Marine Corps boot camp, with its combination of strict discipline and exhaustive physical training, is considered the most rigorous of the armed forces recruit training. Congress is currently considering bills that could increase the size of the Marine Corps and the Army to help meet US military demands in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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    In an internal Army email, the leader of a research team seeking to integrate women into combat roles suggests “average-looking women” be used in stories about female soldiers. “In general, ugly women are perceived as competent while pretty women are perceived as having used their looks to get ahead,” read the note drafted by Col. Lynette Arnhart. An attractive woman wearing makeup could “undermine” the message and “make people ask if breaking a nail is considered hazardous duty,” while a picture of a female soldier covered in mud proves women are “willing to do the dirty work necessary in order to get the job done.”

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