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Experiment tests women warriors at tip of the spear

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It may look like standard military training, but in the California desert, a group of Marines could be making history. It may look like standard military training, but in the California desert, a group of Marines could be making history.

(CBS News) -- The Pentagon is ordering all branches of the military to integrate their ground combat units by the end of the year, or explain why women can't do the job. To help answer that, the Marine Corps has turned to some of the toughest female and male Marines out there, who are participating in an experiment that could help decide the future of women in war, reports CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford.

It may look like standard military training, but in the California desert, a group of Marines could be making history.

"It's not necessarily for us, specifically. It's for that one woman, that one female, that joins out there that wants to do this eventually -- that she's given the opportunity to do it," Sgt. Danielle Beck said.

Beck is one of more than 250 Marines who volunteered for a grueling mission: an unprecedented scientific experiment that will help the Pentagon decide whether women can fight on the front lines.

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