The News came out of Washington Wednesday (January 23rd) when Defense officials and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that the Pentagon is lifting its ban on women serving in combat. This is an historic move that will open front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs to our female members of the military.
Don't expect this change to happen right away. Plans must first be developed for the change, and while some jobs may open as soon as this year, assessments for others, such as special operations forces, may take longer. Our military leaders still have the opportunity to make the case that some positions should remain closed to women. Over the years there has been opposition to women in combat situations, but even though they weren't allowed there on paper, in reality women have always served in some of those roles. Our wonderful women of the military have been medics, military police and intelligence officers. We thank you for your continued service to our country.