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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Female May Get 3 Stars

WASHINGTON () -- The U.S. Department of Defense is the nation's largest employer of women, and they reached a new milestone when President Bill Clinton named the first female three-star general.

If confirmed by the Senate, Marine Corps Major General Carol Mutter, 50, would be the first woman to ascend to the rank of lieutenant general.

The 28-year Marine veteran would be placed in charge of Marine Corps manpower policy and planning, one of that service's most senior positions.

Mutter would be the only woman among 107 male three-star officers. In all, the four services have 19 female officers with the rank of brigadier general and above, among about 867 men.