History of women in combat

POSTED: 09:06 AM PST Jan 24, 2013    UPDATED: 01:19 PM PST Jan 24, 2013 

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 - Shannon Faulkner
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Shannon Faulkner, a South Carolina woman, made headlines in 1995 when she became the first female cadet to enter The Citadel. She voluntarily resigned after just one week, disappointing many women's groups, but The Citadel has graduated more than 200 female cadets since her admission.

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