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U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Katherine Lisi, right, the female engagement team officer in charge of Regimental Combat Team (RCT) 1, provides security as Afghan residents are questioned while their vehicle is searched for weapons and drug paraphernalia in Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 9, 2011. RCT-1 and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 supported operation Aero Hunter to disrupt suspicious activity and counteract enemy drug and weapons trafficking in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert R. Carrasco/Released)

A Marine Corps school that trains infantry combat officers is now enrolling women, the Marine Corps Times reported, marking the first time female members of the front-line fighting force would be specifically groomed for direct combat roles.

The Corps is seeking out female volunteers to attend the Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, Va., Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Marine Corps’ assistant commandant, told the paper.

“Women are already in combat, except the ones that are not technically on the front lines fighting,” said Karen Kelly of the Women Marines Association, “when they’re in Afghanistan, in Iraq, women are right there with the expeditionary forces.”

Source: MSNBC

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