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In this Feb. 21, 2013 photo, female recruits form up at the Marine Corps Training Depot on Parris Island, S.C. Brig Gen. Loretta Reynolds, the first female general in charge of Parris Island's basic training, says she is confident that women in the Corps will do well in combat, if need be. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Women on the frontline

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the military's ban

on women serving in combat, a move that could open thousands of

frontline war fighting jobs to female service members. The decision marks yet another sweeping change for the military under

President Barack Obama's administration, which led a drive to lift a

prohibition on openly gay troops.