Capt. Kristen Griest, center, participates in combatives training during the Ranger Course at Ft. Benning, Ga., April 20, 2015. Capt. Griest is one of the first two women to graduate from the course. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Dec. 3, 2015, announced that the Pentagon will open all combat roles in the military to women. The Pentagon put out a mandate in January 2013 to integrate women into all combat jobs by 2016 or justify exemptions. (Spc. Nikayla Shodeen/U.S. Army via The New York Times) --EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Capt. Kristen Griest, center, participates in combatives training during the Ranger Course at Ft. Benning, Ga., April 20, 2015. Capt. Griest is one of the first two women to graduate from the course. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Dec. 3, 2015, announced that the Pentagon will open all combat roles in the military to women. The Pentagon put out a mandate in January 2013 to integrate women into all combat jobs by 2016 or justify exemptions. (Spc. Nikayla Shodeen/U.S. Army via The New York Times) --EDITORIAL USE ONLY SPC. NIKAYLA SHODEEN NYT
Capt. Kristen Griest, center, participates in combatives training during the Ranger Course at Ft. Benning, Ga., April 20, 2015. Capt. Griest is one of the first two women to graduate from the course. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Dec. 3, 2015, announced that the Pentagon will open all combat roles in the military to women. The Pentagon put out a mandate in January 2013 to integrate women into all combat jobs by 2016 or justify exemptions. (Spc. Nikayla Shodeen/U.S. Army via The New York Times) --EDITORIAL USE ONLY SPC. NIKAYLA SHODEEN NYT

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