U.S. Military to Let Women Fight in Combat Roles

Mike O'Brien

The ban on women serving in combat is to be lifted in a move that could open up thousands of roles for female personnel in front-line positions. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who is expected to quit his post in mid-February, is to make the announcement today (Thursday, January 24) along with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The move overturns a 1994 ruling that forbid women from combat. The chiefs of the services support the proposed change, USA Today repo...
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