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Women get chance to 'one-up' the men in mixed Fort Benning infantry units

Fort Benning Sign. (Source: Benning.army.mil) Fort Benning Sign. (Source: Benning.army.mil)

By LOLITA C. BALDOR
Associated Press

FORT BENNING, GEORGIA (AP) - The Army's introduction of women into the infantry has moved steadily but cautiously this year.

Fort Benning in Georgia is home to the previously all-male infantry and armor schools. It's had to make a number of adjustments, including female dorm rooms, security cameras, monitoring stations. Renovations cost $35 million.

For women like Kirsten - an 18-year-old infantry recruit - they now have the chance to "one-up" the men. She's among more than 80 women who've gone to recruit training since a ban on them serving in combat jobs was lifted.

Twenty-two have graduated. More than 30 are still in training, working toward graduation.

This is the third class of recruits at Benning to include women.

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