Women in combat: De facto warriors in Afghanistan and Iraq, women are now closer than ever to the “profession of combat arms.” The US military is opening jobs to them closer to the battlefield, and they are pushing to abolish job limits through legal battles.
READ: Women in combat: US military on verge of making it official
PHOTO: Col. Jeannie Leavitt, Commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. is the first female jet fighter pilot in US history and first woman to command a fighter wing squadron. Military women largely have been unable to serve in such high commands because, barred from combat, they have been unable to get the experience they need to advance. (James Robinson/Special to the Christian Science Monitor)

Women in combat: De facto warriors in Afghanistan and Iraq, women are now closer than ever to the “profession of combat arms.” The US military is opening jobs to them closer to the battlefield, and they are pushing to abolish job limits through legal battles.

READ: Women in combat: US military on verge of making it official

PHOTO: Col. Jeannie Leavitt, Commander of the 4th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. is the first female jet fighter pilot in US history and first woman to command a fighter wing squadron. Military women largely have been unable to serve in such high commands because, barred from combat, they have been unable to get the experience they need to advance. (James Robinson/Special to the Christian Science Monitor)