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First women move to Army platoon artillery jobs

In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 1st Lt. Kelly Requa is interviewed at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Requa is breaking new ground at Fort Bragg. She’s one of a small number of female lieutenants brought into lead a cannon platoon at the North Carolina base. By January 2016, the U.S. military must open all combat jobs to women or explain why any must remain closed. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. At the edge of the circle, the platoon leader watches as the field artillerymen go through their training exercise.

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