Military beginning to recruit women for combat jobs


WASHINGTON — New plans show the military services are already beginning to recruit women for combat jobs, including as Navy SEALs, and could see them serving in previously male-only Army and Marine Corps infantry units by this fall.

The plans obtained by The Associated Press say that some of the services predict that only small numbers of women will volunteer or get through training courses. The Marine Corps estimates 200 women a year will move into ground combat jobs. And U.S. Special Operations Command said it anticipates a “small number” of volunteers for its commando jobs.

The Navy said it’s already collecting submission packages from prospective SEAL candidates and could see women in entry-level enlisted and officer training in September and October.