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All-female U.S. Marine team in Afghanistan

Here is a selection from the photo essay by Getty Images photojournalist Paula Bronstein that Getty moved this morning. Photographed last month, the images depict the women deployed as the second Female Engagement team in Afghanistan. Getty reports that the women gain access where men cannot and train for any possible situation, including learning Afghan customs and basic Pashtun language. View the full sideshow HERE.

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Sgt. Crystal Groves US Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team) 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II stands in formation during a ceremony for the 235th birthday of the Marines on Nov. 10, 2010 at Camp Delaram in Helmand province, Afghanistan. There are 48 women presently working along the volatile front lines of the war in Afghanistan deployed as the second Female Engagement team participating in a more active role, gaining access where men can't. The women, many who volunteer for the 6.5 month deployment take a 10 week course at Camp Pendleton in California where they are trained for any possible situation.

 


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Hospital Corpsman Shannon Crowley, 22, US Marine with the FET 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II patrols in the bazaar as an Afghan man rides by watching Nov. 15 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan.

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Sgt. Sheena Adams, right, U.S. Marine with the FET 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II comforts an Afghan translator, left, who was crying after hearing about the death of a fellow marine on Nov. 16 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan.

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U.S. Marines with the FET 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II on patrol on Nov. 25 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan.

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Sgt. Sheena Adams, 25, US Marine with the FET 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II blows bubbles with Afghan boys surrounding her while on patrol on Nov. 21 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan.

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Sgt. Sheena Adams, 25, U.S. Marine with the FET 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II works late into the night on her laptop on her reports on Nov. 12 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan.

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Hospital Corpsman Shannon Crowley, 22, U.S. Marine with the FET 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II walks out of the shower tent on Nov. 17 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan. With 269 male marines and 3 females living at a small outpost the females have only one hour a day (30 minutes in the morning and 30 in the afternoon) to shower.

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Sgt. Sheena Adams, 25, and Lance Corporal Kristi Baker, 21, and Hospital Corpsman Shannon Crowley, 22, US Marines with the FET 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II pose at their forward operating base on Nov. 17, 2010 in Musa Qala, Afghanistan.

See more images by Paula Bronstein from a women's prison in Afghanistan on PhotoBlog HERE.