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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

HermanBB Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:37 PM
Do you think pregnancies in the female combat soldiers will increase when the novelty of combat quickly wears off? What happens if certain combat units have a higher rate of female casualties than others? Do you transfer male soldiers to those units as canon fodder?
Corndog2 Wrote: Jan 23, 2013 4:45 PM
I can tell you 3 dozen stories about females getting pregnant to get out of deployments. And yes, we had to yank men off of shore duty to fill the urgent needs.

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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