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Two interesting articles about women's expanding roles in combat, one about American soldiers and the other about Afghan soldiers. EXCERPT After a Defense Department review of women's roles in the military, the Army is expanding access to some combat-arms positions on the battlefield traditionally reserved for men. In February, it announced plans to open six military occupational specialties, or MOSs, and more than 13,000 positions to female Soldiers. At Fort Benning, it means advanced individual training for Bradley and tank mechanics is about to go co-ed. Specifically, it affects the 91A M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer and 91M Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Maintainer courses under the Armor School on Harmony Church. The other four specialties are in artillery. http://fortstewart.patch.com/articles/fort-benning-prepares-for-female-trainees EXCERPT Anxious to defuse tensions stoked by foreign male soldiers raiding Afghans' homes at night in what is a conservative Muslim country, Afghanistan has begun training elite female troops to join Afghan male soldiers on operations. "Before we joined this unit, our operations were done by foreign troops and they did not know our culture. People were critical so we joined to help out," Delawar, a former policewoman in Jowzjan province, said. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/11/us-afghanistan-nightraids-idUSBRE83A0X620120411 -- Sarah Weinstein MPhil Candidate School of International Relations University of St Andrews Still haven't registered to review books? http://www.h-net.org/~minerva/review.html