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For the first time since women have been allowed to apply, a woman has passed the initial Special Forces Assessment and Selection process, placing her on the path to become the first female Green Beret. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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U.S. troops, in tan uniforms, look over maps with Afghan rebel commander Rashid Dostum (center) in October 2001. A dozen U.S. soldiers teamed up with Dostum's force to defeat the Taliban in northern Afghanistan. Courtesy of Bob Pennington hide caption

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'12 Strong': When The Afghan War Looked Like A Quick, Stirring Victory

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Members of the United States Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets, look through night vision goggles during a training of Afghanistan Special Forces on Sept. 10, in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Army Green Berets Accused From Within Of Lowering Standards

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