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Panetta opens combat roles to women

WASHINGTON (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 decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

by Anonymousreply 601/23/2013


by Anonymousreply 101/23/2013

And it's only taken until the 21st Century!

by Anonymousreply 201/23/2013

You can't expect progress from the U.S. military.

by Anonymousreply 301/23/2013

Wow. That's big news.

by Anonymousreply 401/23/2013

And The Israelification of US Society continues - socialized crony capitalism for the rich, dog-eat-dog serfdom for the poor and permanent imperialistic war to prevent us from using our collective wealth for the betterment of own society.

by Anonymousreply 501/23/2013

I thought Panetta was just a sandwich store. They're really diversifying.

by Anonymousreply 601/23/2013
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