Women on the frontline

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In a May 9, 2012 photo, Capt. Sara Rodriguez of the 101st Airborne Division inserts an IV line during the expert field medical badge testing at Fort Campbell, Ky. Female soldiers are moving into new jobs in once all-male units as the U.S. Army breaks down formal barriers in recognition of what's already happened in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Kristin M. Hall)

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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the military's ban on women serving in combat, a move that could open thousands of frontline war fighting jobs to female service members. The decision marks yet another sweeping change for the military under President Barack Obama's administration, which led a drive to lift a prohibition on openly gay troops.

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