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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, far right, escorts Afghanistan's Minister of National Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak (center) and Minister of Interior Gen. Bismillah Khan Mohammadi (left) in the Pentagon. Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo/OASD/PA hide caption

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Women In Combat: Inevitable?

Proposed new rules wouldn't let women serve "in combat," but would formalize what's already been happening — the assigning of women to key roles near the front lines.

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Nolen, a corpsman with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, wears a memorial bracelet or KIA (killed in action) bracelet in honor of his fallen squad leader Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, who was killed during a patrol in Afghanistan.

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