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The Army's first female infantry recruit wants to be on the front lines

from Army Times

For Grace Barnett, a job as a patrol officer in a Louisiana town of about 2,500 people wasn’t enough. After three-and-a-half years in law enforcement, "I was just ready to serve on a bigger level," she said April 12, five days after she took the oath of enlistment to become the Army’s first female infantry recruit. "It’s been in my heart for awhile, and I finally, I just could not put it off any longer. I’m ready to do this. I’m ready to get this ball rolling." Barnett, 25, began the process in November, visiting a local recruiter five months before infantry and other combat-related jobs would open to women. more


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