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A Marine Changes His Mind On Women In Combat

A female Marine participates in infantry training near Camp Geiger, N.C., in October 2013. (Sgt. Tyler L. Main/U.S. Marine Corps)
A female Marine participates in infantry training near Camp Geiger, N.C., in October 2013. (Sgt. Tyler L. Main/U.S. Marine Corps)

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has until the end of the year to make a decision on combat positions that will be open to women. The Marines asked Carter for a waiver to keep some of its combat jobs closed. Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with a Marine Corps veteran who felt the women he served with in Iraq were a liability. But once Sebastian Bae came home and met other female veterans, he changed his mind. He now supports women in combat.

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  • Sebastian Bae, served six years in the Marine Corps infantry, leaving as a Sergeant. He holds the Marine co-chair on Best Defense’s Council of Former Enlisted. He tweets @SebastianBae.

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