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US Marine Female Engagement Team members Lance Cpl. Mary Shloss (r.) of Hammond, Ind., Sgt. Monica Perez (c.) of San Diego, Calif., and Cpl. Kelsey Rossetti, of Derry, N.H., wait for the signal to begin their patrol Aug. 10, 2009, with Golf Company, 2nd Batallion, 3rd Regiment of the 2nd MEB, 2nd MEF in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. The team's mission was to engage local Afghan women to find out and address their concerns. In February 2012, the Pentagon recommended to Congress that women be formally allowed to serve in more jobs closer to the front lines.

PHOTO: Julie Jacobson/AP

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