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While women have a long history of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, they were always limited on the jobs they could take. Now, every job could soon be open.

Last week, the Pentagon announced it would fully integrate women into front-line and special combat roles in the armed forces. It could be a few years until women have access to those positions, but  while the details are still being worked out, women already in uniform say the move makes sense.

"We're all serving on the war front.  When you go to Iraq, there's no line.  Taking the 957, we had 180 soldiers; 49 were female.  We didn't delineate between girl, boy, you can only go so far into Iraq.  Everybody was equal. Everybody fought the fight. Everybody protected the freedoms," says North Dakota National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Davina French.

French served as the commander of the 957 multi-role bridge company in Iraq from 2003 to 2004.
She also deployed as part of Desert Storm in 1990.

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