The goal was to identify attributes that helped the women succeed, said McClung, center.
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In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women, at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated from Marine infantry school and three have passed the grueling initial assessment phase for Green Beret training.Women, however, have increasingly made it through the nine-week Ranger course, and the numbers of those trying out for other special operations jobs is slowly inching up. The courses all encompass a number of phases and run from about nine weeks to a year or two for the most elite commando jobs.The goal, McClung said, was to identify the attributes -- whether mental, physical or psychological -- that helped the women succeed.The plan, at this point, is to have the military women come to Natick, in groups of two or three, and go through a range of tests over three days to identify biological and physiological markers that help define them as hyperfit.McClung said she received word on July 12 that the final study had been approved.McClung and Hughes also said they hoped to be able to compare the women's results with similar testing on men.
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