FORT HOOD — To help the Army integrate women into combat roles, 36th Engineer Brigade soldiers participated in the Soldier 2020 study this month.

About 40 soldiers spent Wednesday morning at Starker Physical Fitness Center conducting a several physical fitness tests created to determine a soldier’s ability to perform the tasks of a combat engineer.

All of the men participating were combat engineers — a job currently not open to women.

Soldier 2020 is the Army’s plan to integrate women into previously closed military occupational specialties.

The integration study is a partnership between the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and Forces Command.

For more about the study, read Wednesday’s Fort Hood Herald.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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