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Last Hoorah: Panetta Lifts Ban on Women in Combat

red-dot-in-a-blue-state Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 9:32 PM
In Army Infantry Basic Training they pulled us out of the showers and made us low-crawl in the rain back & forth across a parking lot. In Ranger school, after we did the worm pit, they made us line up (outside in the cold), strip naked, and then they sprayed us w/a fire hose to clean us up. Is that an environment for women?

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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