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‘I wanted to be a soldier’: Military expands combat roles to include women

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Anna Schnatzmeyer’s face is taut with concentration as she slowly maneuvers the Riverine assault boat away from the dock, using the complex controls to try and inch the 34-foot craft straight back without sliding sideways.

Her instructor, standing next to her, orders her forward again, and despite the slow, careful creep, the Navy boat knocks into the pier.

It’s the first time she’s ever piloted a boat. She’s in full battle gear and the sun is…

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