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On opening all military jobs to women

This will be interesting to watch. It is a good sign of civilian leadership (not just oversight) of the military by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

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This will be interesting to watch. It is a good sign of civilian leadership (not just oversight) of the military by Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

That said, I worry that this will be the Military Lawyer Full Employment Act of 2015. And I think this puts a real load on NCOs of combat units.

On the other hand, I have been wrong before, and I hope I am again. I thought integration of openly gay service members would be more of a problem, especially for the Marine Corps, than it has been.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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