Been There, Done That: Pentagon Formally Opens Combat to Women

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While Pentagon regulations have long barred women from close-in combat, like infantry and armor units, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is announcing the beginning of the end of those rules on Thursday. Here are some photographs of Marines assigned to a female engagement team – created to interact with Afghan women — highlighting the fact that women in uniform have been bumping up those “combat exclusions” for years.

(MORE: Women In Combat: Shattering the “Brass Ceiling”)

(MORE: The Combat Exclusion Policy: Under Attack)

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