Sgt. Kelly Brown puts her weapon over her shoulder at the Marine base at Twentynine Palms, Calif., in March. On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that women would be allowed to serve in combat jobs. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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A Marine Corps F-35B Joint Strike Fighter does a short takeoff (STOVL) from Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md., in 2011. Eighteen years after development began, a version of the plane designed for the Marine Corps is expected to be deemed "combat ready." Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Yusra Siddiqui, right, and Zoha Ahmad, who came with others from the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga to offer their support, pray during an interfaith vigil at Olivet Baptist Church held in remembrance of victims of Thursdays shootings. Doug Strickland/TNS/Landov hide caption

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Katie Gorz (left) performs the ammo can lift next to male Marines as they go through the combat fitness test. The Marine Corps is experimenting with inserting some women into combat infantry roles that have historically been limited to men. At Camp Lejeune, female Marines are undergoing the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms. Travis Dove for NPR hide caption

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Combat Training: Can Female Marines Get The Job Done?

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A Marine's Parents' Story: Their Memories That You Should Hear

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