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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Army Specialist Heidi Olson knows a little bit about history.
She got a bachelor s degree in it.

She thinks lifting the ban on women fighting in combat is a big deal.

I joined the military to make history and this is making history, and this is exciting to me, Olson said.

The 24-year-old is no stranger to combat. Last May she was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

She said officially allowing women to fight in combat gives soldiers like her new opportunities.

Maybe eventually it will open up Special Forces or maybe it will open me up to Ranger school. It gives females a chance to be infantry officers, said Olson.

She is thinking about signing up for Special Forces.

While she may have the military s permission, she still needs her fiance s blessing.

So, it s still a debate, said Olson.

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