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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

byeBarry Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:51 PM
Women are to be protected, not to fight!
DSMike Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:53 PM
What if that is their desire...to serve their country in a combat role?
AmyDB Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:58 PM
Then they should have to pass the same physical standards Mike.
DSMike Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 5:01 PM
westriversd Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 5:23 PM
How many are "they"? I would bet less than 5% of women want combat roles and less than that could actually pass the same physical standards.

On his way out the door as Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta has lifted the ban on women serving in combat roles on the front lines of our wars. More from AP:

Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's...

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