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Military makes right call on women


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 25, 2013

~~<p>Women U.S. soldiers have been involved in dangerous situations but have been denied various combat roles they have sought in Iraq and Afghanistan. At last, the military's official ban on women in front-line combat jobs will be lifted in three years, a move that should open the doors of opportunity to all women in the armed forces. The exclusion made no sense when it was adopted years ago and its removal should be welcomed.</p>
<p>A 1994 Defense Department rule that barred women from serving in jobs with front-line battlefield units was lifted last year, opening 14,500 positions to women. The move announced Thursday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta should open some 230,000 more positions, mainly in infantry and special operations roles. A Pentagon letter by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advised Panetta that the action means that women as well as men &quot;are given the opportunity to succeed.&quot;</p>
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Women U.S. soldiers have been involved in dangerous situations but have been denied various combat roles they have sought in Iraq and Afghanistan. At last, the military's official ban on women in front-line combat jobs will be lifted in three years, a move that should open the doors of opportunity to all women in the armed forces. The exclusion made no sense when it was adopted years ago and its removal should be welcomed.

A 1994 Defense Department rule that barred women from serving in jobs with front-line battlefield units was lifted last year, opening 14,500 positions to women. The move announced Thursday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta should open some 230,000 more positions, mainly in infantry and special operations roles. A Pentagon letter by Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, advised Panetta that the action means that women as well as men "are given the opportunity to succeed." Login for more...



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