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Women's History Month - March 2017
Marty Volkomener sits in the cockpit of her training aircraft

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Secretary Announces All Military Occupations Open to Women

"Women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before. They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They'll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALS, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men. And even more importantly, our military will be better able to harness the skills and perspectives that talented women have to offer."

Defense Secretary Ash Carter
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Carter Opens All Military Occupations to Women
Dec. 3, 2015

DoD Gives Final Go-Ahead to Open All Military Jobs to Women

The U.S. military is authorized to begin integrating women across all occupations and specialties “right away,” according to a Defense Department statement. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook briefed reporters on Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s decision and the accompanying statement. Story | Statement



"Throughout our history, women have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War, to the deserts of Iraq, and mountains of Afghanistan. These women, military and civilian, continue to make great strides and break down barriers within DoD."


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