In 2010, photographer Paula Bronstein documented a special section of the Marines working in Afghanistan - a Female Engagement Team (FET). Muslim tradition often forbids interaction between men and women, so the FET was created in order to engage with the local female population.
Yesterday, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the Pentagon would formally open combat roles to female soldiers.
See more of Paula’s images featured on Time and NBC News.
The forerunners for these FETs were the members of Team Lioness and everyone should look them up because they’re pretty rad.