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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Advocates see more work ahead for integrating women in combat, military roles

WASHINGTON — Former Marine Corps Capt. Greg Jacob says when women entered his company, everyone’s training scores went up.

“The men didn’t want to get beat by the women,” he said. “So they started lifting more weights, pushing harder. The entire standard of the unit was raised.”

That’s why Jacob, a longtime advocate of integrating women into military combat posts, is frustrated with slow progress on the issue in recent years. He thinks the issue isn’t one of political correctness and quotas, but instead one of re-examining ways to make the military stronger.

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