History of women in combat

Published On: Jan 24 2013 11:06:08 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 24 2013 03:19:59 PM CST

With Defense Secretary Ash Carter announcing Thursday that all U.S. military combat positions will now be open to women, take a look at the role women have played in major combats throughout history.

Women in Combat - Female Pilots
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U.S. Air Force

In the U.S., Congress first granted women status in the regular armed forces in 1948, but limited the number of women who could enlist as Army soldiers to 2 percent of the ranks. One female officer was allowed for every 10 enlisted women.

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