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Girls looking at military careers want combat posts open

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Lucy Alcantara, a sophomore at Oxnard High School and chief master sergeant for the school’s Air Force Junior ROTC program, goes through a uniform inspection with members of the Delta squadron. © Joseph Garcia

Sarah Trujillo grew up hearing her dad’s stories of the Marine Corps and dreamed of a military career of her own.

But some posts were off limits to women, a barrier she thought was unfair.

Her father told her things could change by the time she was old enough to serve. She hoped he was right.

Late last month, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta lifted the military’s ban on women serving in combat, opening as many as 230,000 front-line positions.

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