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making way for women: As female recruits train at Parris Island, S.C., Brig Gen. Loretta Reynolds, the first female general in charge at the Marine Corps depot, says she is confident that they would do well in combat. (Associated Press)

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As female recruits train at Parris Island, S.C., Brig Gen. Loretta Reynolds, the first female general in charge at the Marine Corps depot, says she is confident that they would do well in combat. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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National Edition News cover for January 2, 2014 - Pentagon pivots to social issues: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jessica Domingo, right, and Cpl. Daisy Romero, assigned to a female engagement team (FET), speak with an Afghan man in his compound during a patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2010. The FET worked with infantry Marines by engaging women and children in support of the International Security Assistance Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Marionne T. Mangrum/Released)

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President Barack Obama is seen through the window of his motorcade vehicle as he is driven on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, after the morning workout, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** Under a new policy, women in the Marine Corps are eligible for combat-related positions, such as scout sniper. The Pentagon formally announced Jan. 24 that the 1994 Combat Exclusion Policy had been rescinded. (U.S. Marine Corps)

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President Barack Obama is seen through the window of his motorcade vehicle as he is driven on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, after the morning workout, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** Actor Gary Sinise, 58, is named an honorary U.S. Marine by Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps. (Associated Press)

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Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos ordered the officer overseeing a Taliban desecration case to "crush" the defendants shown in a video, court-martial all of them and kick them out of the Corps, according to witnesses. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos ordered the officer overseeing a Taliban desecration case to "crush" the defendants shown in a video, court-martial all of them and kick them out of the Corps, according to witnesses. (Associated Press)