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Military plan moves women into combat roles


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Women could soon be training as Navy SEALs, under the military's new plan.

Details should be released Tuesday on the proposal to start moving women into thousands of combat jobs.

Under the schedules delivered to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Army will develop standards within the next two years to let women train and possibly serve as Rangers.

By March of 2016, they could begin training as Navy SEALs.

Women and men would be required to meet the same physical and mental standards to qualify for front-line positions.

It's still possible that women will be kept out of some jobs if research and testing find that they couldn't be successful in sufficient numbers.

The military services are also working to determine the cost of opening certain jobs to women, particularly aboard a variety of Navy ships, including some submarines and small warships.

Dozens of ships do not have adequate berthing or facilities for women to meet privacy needs, and would require design and construction changes.

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