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Carter sounds nearly ready to open combat jobs to women

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Sounding like he's nearly made up his mind about opening all combat jobs to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells U.S. troops in Sicily that limiting his search for qualified military candidates to just half the population would be "crazy."


   Carter has given the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until the end of October to recommend which jobs -- if any -- should remain closed to women, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press.


   Carter tells a crowd of troops that included a large number of Marines that he hasn't decided on the recommendations, but he says that generally he believes that any qualified candidate should be allowed to compete for jobs.

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