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Survey Finds Few Military Women Want A Combat Role

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FORT EUSTIS, Va. (AP) -

There apparently aren't a lot of women in the Army who are eager to move into one of the combat jobs that will now be available to them.

A survey finds that only a small fraction of them -- less than 8 percent -- are interested in a combat role -- but those who say they want one of those jobs say they want to go right into the heart of battle. An overwhelming number of those women said they'd like to be a Night Stalker -- a member of the elite special operations helicopter crews who flew the Navy SEALS into Osama bin Laden's compound.

Last year, top Pentagon officials signed an order saying women must have the same opportunities as men in combat jobs. The services have been putting together updated physical standards, training, education and other programs for thousands of jobs that have to be opened up to women in 2016.

Army officials also polled men and women on their concerns about the integration. Men and women agreed that the physical standards for the jobs should remain the same.

Still, some male soldiers worried that women who were incapable of the physical demands would be brought in anyway.

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