Marines split on women joining combat units

Sgt. Michelle Stephens is a salty, hard-charging Marine who has hauled 75-pound packs with infantrymen at mountain warfare training, qualified as a rifle sharpshooter while using iron sights and worked off-duty as a bouncer in a bar.

Despite all that, the seven-year Marine will never serve in a combat unit because of something else: she’s a woman. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound administrative specialist is taller and stronger than some Marines, but the U.S. doesn’t allow women in combat arms jobs.

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