Timeline: How military women moved closer to combatLoading
  • MILITARY STAMP
    Military leaders will roll out their plans Tuesday to begin tearing down the remaining walls that have prevented women from holding thousands of combat and special operations jobs near the front lines. Here is a timeline of military women moving into jobs closer to combat (text by Associated Press):

    1948
    Law passed making women a permanent part of the U.S. military services.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Former Air Force Capt. Lillian Kinkela holds a rendering of the new "Women in Military Service," stamp unveiled by the U.S. Postal Service during a pre-Veterans' Day salute to women in the military at the West Covina Post Office in West Covina, Calif., Monday, Nov. 10, 1997. Kinkela, the highest decorated woman in United States military history, was given special recognition during the ceremony.
    NICK UT | AP
  • PIONEER AVIATORS
    1975
    The Air Force puts the first woman on operational crew status.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Emeral Drummond, 79, of Los Angeles, poses next to a vintage World War II fighter plane before attending a "Women In Aviation" seminar at the Museum of Flying Saturday, March 27, 1999, in Santa Monica, Calif. Drummond was a Women's Air Force Service test pilot in World War II, and test-flew planes after they were repaired.
    RENE MACURA | AP
  • CITADEL WOMEN
    1976
    The first group of women enters the U.S. military academies, as directed by legislation signed by President Gerald Ford a year earlier.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Oak Ridge Military Academy 2nd Lt. Nancy Mellette stands during the afternoon formation, Friday, Sept. 1, 1995, in Oak Ridge, N.C.
    KARL B. DEBLAKER | AP
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    1983
    About 200 Army and Air Force women are among the forces deployed to Grenada, serving on air crews, as military police and as transportation specialists.

    PHOTO CAPTION: U.S. Special Envoy to the Western Hemisphere Otto Reich lays a wreath at a memorial for 19 American soldiers killed during the Grenada invasion.
    MCT
  • NEWS WOMEN 2
    1990-91
    Some 40,000 American military women are deployed during the Gulf War operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Iraqis take two Army women prisoner.

    PHOTO CAPTION: The Women in Military Service For America Memorial features exhibits honoring the service of women patriots, from nurses in the Spanish American War of 1898 (top photo) to female troops from the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991 (bottom photo).
    KRT
  • brigade
    1994
    A Pentagon policy prohibits women from being assigned to ground combat units below the brigade level. Historically, brigades - which are about 3,500 troops - were based farther from the front lines, and they often included top command and support staff.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Cpl. Christina Oliver, center, during a patrol in Marja, Afghanistan in 2010.
    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • MILITARY CRASH MARINES
    2002
    Marine Sgt. Jeannette L. Winters (pictured) becomes the first U.S. servicewoman to die in the post-9/11 wars. She was killed in a refueling tanker crash.
    AP
  • WOMAN SILVER STAR
    2005
    Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester (pictured), a Kentucky National Guard soldier, becomes the first woman awarded the Silver Star for service in the war on terror. Her convoy came under attack outside Baghdad. She was cited for killing several insurgents and saving the lives of numerous convoy members.
    SPC. JEREMY D. CRISP | AP
  • FEMALE GENERAL
    2008
    Ann E. Dunwoody (pictured) becomes the military's first women to be promoted to general. She retired in 2012 after 38 years in the Army.
    STACEY G. BROOKS | AP
  • WOMEN COMBAT 2
    2012
    The military opens more than 14,000 jobs in smaller units closer to the front lines.
    LYNSEY ADDARIO | NYT
  • Defense Budget
    2013
    Then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey (pictured at left) chairman of the Joint Chiefs, sign order saying women must have the same opportunities as men in combat jobs. Military services begin studies to determine how and when to bring women into all jobs, probably including in at least some commando units.
    Carolyn Kaster | AP
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