FILE: Panetta Opens Combat Roles To Women Female Marines Take On Challenges in Afghanistan

FILE - JANUARY 23, 2013: According to reports, Pentagon Chief Leon Panetta has removed the ban on women serving combat roles January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The bans removal was reportedly recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, overturning a 1994 rule keeping women out of ground combat units.   . CAMP DELARAM, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 10:  (SPAIN OUT, FRANCE OUT, AFP OUT)  Sargent Crystal Groves US Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team) 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II stands in formation during a ceremony for the 235th birthday of the Marines on November 10, 2010 at Camp Delaram in Helmand province, Afghanistan. There are 48 women presently working along the volatile front lines of the war in Afghanistan deployed as the second Female Engagement team participating in a more active role, gaining access where men can't. The women, many who volunteer for the 6.5 month deployment take a 10 week course at Camp Pendleton in California where they are trained for any possible situation, including learning Afghan customs and basic Pashtun language.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 106791288

( Paula Bronstein / Getty Images / January 23, 2013 )

FILE - JANUARY 23, 2013: According to reports, Pentagon Chief Leon Panetta has removed the ban on women serving combat roles January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The bans removal was reportedly recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, overturning a 1994 rule keeping women out of ground combat units. . CAMP DELARAM, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 10: (SPAIN OUT, FRANCE OUT, AFP OUT) Sargent Crystal Groves US Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team) 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II stands in formation during a ceremony for the 235th birthday of the Marines on November 10, 2010 at Camp Delaram in Helmand province, Afghanistan. There are 48 women presently working along the volatile front lines of the war in Afghanistan deployed as the second Female Engagement team participating in a more active role, gaining access where men can't. The women, many who volunteer for the 6.5 month deployment take a 10 week course at Camp Pendleton in California where they are trained for any possible situation, including learning Afghan customs and basic Pashtun language. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 106791288

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