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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

MacConmara Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 12:42 PM
In Ranger and Special Forces units I served in we often deployed by airborne insertion (parachute) with over 100 pounds of equipment and our weapons. I have never met (and frankly would not want to meet) a woman who can carry that load while taking the punishment. This is social experimentation.

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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