Women heading to Navy Riverine combat jobs

AAA  Nov. 7, 2013 3:10 AM ET
Women heading to Navy Riverine combat jobs
By LOLITA C. BALDORBy LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 

In this Aug. 13, 2013, photo U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff, left, and Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer, both of Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, train under the watchful eye of instructor Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Christopher Johnson while training on a Riverine Assault Boat as they participate in a U.S. Navy Riverine Crewman Course at the Center for Security Forces Learning Site at Camp Lejeune, N.C. This is the first time female participants have received this training as women begin to take on combat roles in the military. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

In this Aug. 13, 2013, photo U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff, left, and Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer, both of Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, train under the watchful eye of instructor Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Christopher Johnson while training on a Riverine Assault Boat as they participate in a U.S. Navy Riverine Crewman Course at the Center for Security Forces Learning Site at Camp Lejeune, N.C. This is the first time female participants have received this training as women begin to take on combat roles in the military. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

In this Aug. 13, 2013, photo, U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer, left, and Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff, both of Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, eat their Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) as they participate in a U.S. Navy Riverine Crewman Course at the Center for Security Forces Learning Site at Camp Lejeune, N.C. They are among the first time female participants have received this training as women begin to take on combat roles in the military. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

In this Aug. 13, 2013, photo, U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 2 listens during a U.S. Navy Riverine Crewman Course training at the Center for Security Forces Learning Site at Camp Lejeune, N.C. This is the first time female participants have received this training as they begin to assume roles in combat. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff, left, and Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer, both of Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, train under the watchful eye of instructor Boatswain’s Mate Second Class Christopher Johnson, right, while training on a Riverine Assault Boat as they participate in a U.S. Navy Riverine Crewman Course at the Center for Security Forces Learning Site at Camp Lejeune, N.C. This is the first time female participants have received this training as women begin to take on combat roles in the military. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

In this Aug. 13, 2013, photo, U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Anna Schnatzmeyer, left, and Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff, both of Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, carry a mock wounded person as they participate in a U.S. Navy Riverine Crewman Course at the Center for Security Forces Learning Site at Camp Lejeune, N.C. They are among the first time female participants to have received this training as women begin to take on combat roles in the military. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(AP) — Women are about to break another barrier in the military services. By year’s end, a half dozen women are expected to become the first assigned to a Riverine combat company, a battlefront Navy job that is just now opening up to women.

The three Riverine Delta Company units are used for combat operations, often called on to move quickly into shallow waters where they can insert forces for raids or conduct rescue missions.

The Delta Company jobs are some of the first combat positions in the military to formally be opened to women. The military services are struggling to figure out how to move women into battlefront jobs, including infantry, armor and elite commando positions. They have until Jan. 1, 2016, to open as many jobs as possible to women.

Associated Press



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