Fort Carson A Test Site For Women In New Jobs

By: AP
By: AP
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FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) -- Fort Carson is one of six Army installations where women will be allowed in previously closed jobs for a six-month trial.

The Pentagon announced in February that thousands of jobs closer to front lines would be opened to women. The Army said last week Fort Carson is among the locations for the trial.

A 1994 policy bans women from ground combat units below the brigade level. Brigades have roughly 3,500 troops and their headquarters are traditionally away from the front lines.

The new policy allows women to serve at the battalion level. Battalions have about 800 soldiers and are usually in closer contact with an enemy.

The trial begins May 14. The other Army sites are Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Drum, N.Y., Fort Campbell, Ky., and Hawaii.

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