Panetta lifts ban, clears women for combat

Women in CombatIf Hillary Clinton’s last act as secretary of state — testifying before Congress on the Benghazi affair — is memorable, it’s nothing compared to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s. He’s lifting a 1994 ban on women serving on the front lines.

“This policy change will initiate a process whereby the services will develop plans to implement this decision, which was made by the secretary of defense upon the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” a senior defense official told reporters on condition of anonymity, according to Fox News.

The Defense Department’s policy change was no doubt prompted by a November lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of four women.

Also late last year, two women who volunteered for the Marine Corps’ brutal Infantry Officer Course failed because they didn’t complete the endurance test.

“Some front-line military roles may open to women as soon as this year,” a Wednesday Fox News article said of the order, expected from Panetta’s office Thursday. “Assessments for others, such as special operations forces, including Navy SEALS and the Army’s Delta Force, may take longer.”

Navy SEALs? Someone call Demi Moore. Tell her to pack her fatigues and catch a flight to Virginia Beach for training. Her country is calling.

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  • teresa russell

    if you want equality then you get equality but but this is a BAD IDEA, and when she is being treated like a man in the battlefield,victory, defeat, interrogation, torture, or in death then treat her with equality.but dont come whining and saying but she was so pretty, she was just a woman, she was just a kid…entering in the military is a choice and a job. just like becoming a fireman, nurse, or policeman. you get what you wish for good or bad.

  • Gregory Fournier

    Women have been in combat support roles for years. Sometimes those support roles result in indirect combat situations. I do not see a great influx of women running to sign up to be in the infantry or any combat arms MOS. If they do and they qualify so be it. They know the risks. The Military should not though make special provisions for qualifications though just on the basis of gender. The biggest hurdle though to overcome for anyone that may qualify is if a woman 11B ( infantry) gets captured and her body is dragged through the streets or she gets captured and tortured is the public outcry in such a situation. It's one thing to change regulations to allow women in combat roles, it's another to get the public to accept if something happens. Simply put the public may be passivly skeptacle now, but if something happens the outcry and public protests will be tremendious.

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  • johndillinger

    Another massive mistake by the Obama Administration. Any woman so naive as to wish to be in an army fighting, slashing, demoralized, and risk of being captured, ?Hey, dumb dumb dumb…Boys and girls are equal, but quite different….WAKE