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First female Infantry Division commander will serve in U.S. military

Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager, a former Black Hawk helicopter pilot who served in Iraq, will become the first woman to command a U.S. Army Infantry Division later this month, ABC reports.

The backdrop: Last year, then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said "the jury is still out" on whether a 2015 U.S. military policy allowing women to serve in traditionally all-male combat roles was been successful, since too few women had participated.

  • Senior Marine Corps leaders disagreed with allowing women in military jobs, while the Pentagon’s other 3 military services and U.S. Special Operations Command supported the move.

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