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Army study gives women taste of combat tasks

Associated Press

FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) - Army women are getting a taste of what it takes to serve in combat as part of a study to determine unisex standards for joining the front lines.

At Fort Stewart in southeast Georgia, 60 women and 100 men in uniform have volunteered for the Army-wide study that replaces pushups and sit-ups with physical tasks soldiers actually perform on the job, such as carrying a wounded comrade to safety or lifting a 65-pound missile.

David Brinkley, the Army's deputy chief of staff for training, says a scientific approach should put to rest some doubts about women serving in combat. Scientists will measure soldiers' heart rates and oxygen use next month to help judge who's fit to fight wars.

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