- Nearly a year after opening all military jobs to women, combat jobs are slow to fill
- Although some jobs were barred, women have been filling virtual combat roles for years
(CNN)More than a decade after she helped kill 27 insurgents who ambushed a supply convoy in Iraq, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester still thinks about it almost daily.
'Better and stronger'
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Women have been fighting for a while
- Civil War: More than 400 women — Union and Confederate — fought by disguising themselves as men
- World War II: Female troops are limited to non-combat roles
- 1976: US military academies admit female students
- 1983: Women are allowed to pilot helicopters in an armed conflict
- 1989: A woman first commands US combat troops
- 1993: Jeannie Leavitt becomes the first female Air Force fighter pilot
- More than 1,000 wounded in action
- At least 161 deaths