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PUTTING WOMEN IN COMBAT IS SOLUTION, RETIREE SAYS

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After 15 years as an Army officer, West Point graduate Lillian Pfluke suggested Sunday that the service's sexual harassment problems might go away if women were eligible for combat positions.

Pfluke, who retired as a major and was praised by Secretary of the Army Togo D. West Jr., said the long-term solution is to make women soldiers "equal members of the team."West, appearing with Pfluke on ABC's "This Week," said a valid argument could be made for women in combat but added the decision must come from the American people and Congress.

"So far the attitudes expressed through the Congress have been `No.' Not in direct ground combat," West said.

The nation's largest military service is struggling to respond to charges of sexual harassment and rape at a training center in Aberdeen, Md., and elsewhere.