29 Apr '12, 11am

LEADERSHIP: Marines Training More Women For Combat: While pre-gunpowder combat emphasized muscle and the use of

April 29, 2012: The U.S. Marine Corps is sending some female officers to the infantry school. This is so these women can assume more staff and support jobs in combat battalions and brigades. Normally, officers go to the infantry school in order to be infantry officers. But women are not allowed to be in the infantry. That has not kept women out of combat. American women serving in combat is no longer news, nor is the sight of many women in a combat zone. Nearly 300,000 women have served in combat zones since 2001. In the peak years there were 12,000 women serving in Iraq, and there are even more in Afghanistan right now. While female troops are technically in support roles those jobs include flying helicopters and other aircraft, military police (as in guarding bases and convoys), and truck drivers (convoys under fire). The women troops also participate in base security (g...

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