The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War
by Helen Thorpe
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IN JANUARY 2013, the Defense Department lifted its ban on women in combat. The Pentagon’s order opened hundreds of thousands of frontline positions in infantry, artillery, armor, and other traditionally male units to women. To many Americans, the announcement sounded radical, but to anyone who has closely watched the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, let alone served in them, it was an institutional endorsement of ground truth. Female soldiers and marines with benign-sounding job descriptions, such as medic, supply officer, and truck driver, have served in the deadliest quarters of Iraq and Afghanistan. As of January 2014, 159 women had died in those wars; more than 950 had been wounded.
Women in the military also face other perils, sometimes from within their own units. As women’s battlefield roles have evolved
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