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The overwhelming majority of special operations troops are against opening their jobs to women, according to documents that informed Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's decision to let women serve in most combat positions.

The study, which surveyed troops from several special operations communities across the branches, found that 85 percent opposed letting women into their specialty and 71 percent didn't want women serving in their unit. While opposition existed among all services and ranks, the study found the highest opposition among Navy SEALs, Air Force special operations command special tactics team members, and non-commissioned officers.

"Based on our survey of [special operations forces] personnel, opposition to opening SOF specialties to women is both deep and wide, with high levels of opposition across all SOF elements. This opposition is also deep-seated and intensely felt," the report said.

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