‘Attitude shift’: How covert teams of female US and Afghan soldiers opened the door for women in combat


When Shelane Etchison was first embedded with the 75th Ranger Regiment, some male soldiers were understanding and befriended her. But mostly, she faced a cold reception as one of the first women to be put in a combat role.

“A lot of people were very skeptical about how would women … be with these units,” Etchison, a former special operations soldier, told Fox News. “There was a lot more scrutiny and skepticism on how we would perform.”

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