Nation: She Goes on Maneuvers

Bootcamp. Sweat and grunts. Live grenades, M-16 rifles, obstacle courses, combat practice. Cliffs, swamps, minefields, foxholes, helicopter pads. No place for women? Nowadays they undergo the rigors of military training right alongside the men. TIME's Joelle Attinger joined the Marines at Quantico, Va., for part of a three-day mock war, the final exercise of 21 weeks of training completed by 239 male and 15 female second lieutenants. Her report:

O715 hours: The day is hot and humid. Lieut. Jo Duden, 29, of E Company's 2nd platoon, checks to make sure she has rations,...

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