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 - Vietnam
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Department of Defense

U.S. women began taking on more leadership roles in the military in the 1970s. In these years came the first woman to wear two stars, the first to serve as chaplain, the first to fly a helicopter and the first to complete naval flight school.

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