G.I. Jane Breaks The Combat Barrier: Number Of High-Ranking Military Women Rising Considerably

08/15/2009 08:41 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Before 2001, America's military women had rarely seen ground combat. Their jobs kept them mostly away from enemy lines, as military policy dictates.

But the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, often fought in marketplaces and alleyways, have changed that. In both countries, women have repeatedly proved their mettle in combat. The number of high-ranking women and women who command all-male units has climbed considerably along with their status in the military.

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