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Contrasting gendered experiences
Crossing boundaries
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In the current chapter, we turn our attention to women who cross gender boundaries during their service, either through serving in so-called “masculine” roles, or by occupying command roles and exercising power over people. For the first group, crossing gender lines is explicit, defined as a breakthrough in the military gender regime. For the second group, however, coping with gendered models of power is more implicit, and is a source of ongoing deliberations throughout the women officers’ future life course.