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Pentagon To Open Combat Roles For Women
Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has decided to remove the military's ban on women serving in combat, senior US defence officials say.
The decision opens hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs for women after more than a decade at war.
The ground-breaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule prohibiting women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.
Mr Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.
A senior military official says the services will develop plans for allowing women to seek the combat positions.
Some jobs may open as soon as this year. Assessments for others, such as special operations forces, including Navy commandos and the Army's Delta Force, may take longer.
The official said the military chiefs must report back to Mr Panetta with their initial implementation plans by May 15. The announcement on the decision is not expected until Thursday, so the official spoke on condition of anonymity.
Mr Panetta's move expands the Pentagon's action nearly a year ago to open about 14,500 combat positions to women, nearly all of them in the Army. This decision could open more than 230,000 jobs, many in Army and Marine infantry units, to women.
In recent years the necessities of war propelled women into jobs as medics, military police and intelligence officers that were sometimes attached - but not formally assigned - to units on the front lines.
Women comprise 14% of the 1.4 million active military personnel.
what do you think?
Just so long as it's a case of "women can apply for positions" and not "each unit must be compromised of at least twenty five percent female employees blah blah blah" equality is great when it is offered but not when it is forced.
About time. Women can fight equally as good as men. And some of the She Wolves I know are even worse.
As long as its not sf sog teams .probley end up asTPA .
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Should have happened years ago
Does it follow then, that male soldiers will be allowed to grow their hair long and just 'put it up' when they actually go into battle?
does it follow then that males soldiers will be able to grow their hair long and just 'put it up' when they go into battle?
Ha ha good one
Cant believe I've received 8 thumbs down (so far) for saying women make just as good fighters than men. Must be a lot of misogynistic male chauvinists out there. They've obviously never heard of The Amazons. . Or Queen Bodicea, Joan of Arc. . In ancient Rome female gladiators were just as common in the Collosium as men. Get with the 21st Century - gender has nothing to do with bravery
What happened to them ?
Israeli women have been front line soldiers for as long as I can remember. Trained in krav maga and ammunitions I certainly won't be upsetting one!!
This means only one thing- more invasions. That or they can't get the staff. Thankfully women are less likely to be up for killing people in this corporate war of terror. In fact i wished women ruled the planet cus just look at what us men have done.
Margaret Thatcher ??????
Little Johnnie Major ? Big Tony ?
I assume they will be changing the Geneva Convention to ensure we have a level playing field.
My gf goes into combat mode once a month and heaven help anyone who gets in her way. . . :-D