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Military to End Ban on Women in Combat

The move would open hundreds of thousands of positions for women, according to an Associated Press report.

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta plans to remove the ban on women in combat, according to an Associated Press report.

The move "overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units."

Read the full report here.

The New York Times also weighed in, noting that, despite the nearly 20-year-old rule, women have seen combat in Afghanistan and Iraq

NBC News also reported that some female veterans are jubiliant about the change. One said women “are treated differently,” at least partly because of being kept out of combat.

A Politico story also reported on the response of Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who lost both her legs while serving as a helicopter pilot in Iraq.

“Anytime that we as a nation have lifted restrictions and allowed people to serve based on their performance, our military and our nation has benefited from it,” she told Politico.

What do you think about the shift in policy? Was it overdue, or do you think it was a mistake? Why?

Mostwatchedgirl January 25, 2013 at 07:47 AM
Women in combat? I'll let the men fight for me thanks. This is a true war against women. Panetta must have binders full of them!
JustUs January 25, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Oh, you should laugh at Purv, Mostwatchedgirl. For he is the board clown. He has shown 2 distinct personalities. He wants to prohibit woman from having firearms to protect themselves from rapists.....yet he wants to throw woman onto the battlefield to participate in bloody wars when he hasn't even heard a shot fired on a battlefield himself!!! hah. He is a clown, MWG. Laugh at him. Don't be angry. He's the cheapest form of entertainment that you'll find on the web. I think he's on a day pass and you probably won't hear from him tomorrow. He'll once again become a ward of the State. heh. :^)
Purvis Granger January 25, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Mostwatchedgirl, you just used the phrase " born from wolves." What's that noise? Oh, it's the 19th century asking you to return its cliches. You also seem to make assumptions around age with no data. Are you in the room next to JustUs? Or is it not a CoEd facility?
CdmGab January 26, 2013 at 12:09 AM
There is no doubt that women of our military already contribute a great deal while putting themselves in harm's way. But the infantry is an incredibly physical job that often places men in unimaginable conditions. I admire any woman that meets the requirements willing to sign up for the scenario described in the following link. Those of you celebrating this new move as a "breakthrough" should thoughtfully consider the author's very relevant concerns. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323539804578260132111473150.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop
Mostwatchedgirl January 26, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Purvis, would u prefer born from a whore? Parsing words is my specialty.

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