By Golnar Motevalli Reuters
BARCHA, Afghanistan (Reuters) – U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Tiffany Jones chews tobacco, spitting the juice into the Afghan desert as she talks, and wears her M-16 automatic rifle slung across her chest just like her male colleagues.
Jones wanted to be a sniper but, like many women on active service in the U.S. military, she has never been outside "the wire" — the heavily guarded razor-wire perimeter of her base.
"I don’t think the American public on a whole is ready to hear about females in the military getting blown up and their body parts everywhere," Jones said.
Still, Jones said she would like to see more women in combat.
In the U.S. Marines, women cannot fight with units engaged in direct combat with the enemy. While they do get some infantry training, they cannot join infantrymen on the front line.
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