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Female Soldiers Not Wanting Combat Posts

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A new survey shows that only a small fraction of female soldiers want to move into the combat roles that are soon to be available to them, but the study shows the few female soldiers that do want to move to those roles want to be in the heart of the fighting.

Only 8 percent of the women that responded to the survey said they would want to take a combat job, and of those 8 percent the majority said they wanted to be a Night Stalker, which is the same position that flew the Navy SEALS to Osama bin Laden's compound in 2011.

Soldiers of both gender are nervous about moving female soldiers into combat roles but for different reasons. Men do not want to lose their jobs to women, and women to do not want to be selected for a role based on their gender, according to the survey. Both genders can agree that they want the Army to handle the integration fairly.

Top Pentagon officials signed an order last year that said women must have the same opportunities for combat jobs. Since that time, the services have been updating physical standards, training and education for the thousands of jobs that will be open to women on January 1, 2016.

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