Panetta to end ban on women in combat


Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is ending the military’s ban on women serving in combat.

The move could open up more than 230,000 jobs that had been previously closed to women by overturning a 1994 ban on female servicemembers in small combat units.

A senior defense official confirmed that Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey would officially announce the policy change on Thursday. ‘

I’m wondering, did I retire too soon or just in time?  That foxhole is going to get very interesting. 


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4 Responses to “Panetta to end ban on women in combat”

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  3. chilihntrli Says:

    This is what Col Allen West says, and I agree wholeheartedly,
    “On SecDef Leon Panetta’s statement re: opening up direct combat billets to women. First of all, lwomen in combat zones are serving in combat and the new 21st century battlefield meansanyone outside of their FOB( Forward Operating Base) will potentially be engaged in a combat situation.

    However, to make the insidious policy decision that we shall now open up combat billets to women is something completely different. GI Jane was a movie and should not be the basis for a policy shift. I know Martha McSally, have known women who are Apache and Cobra helicopter pilots, and served with women who were MPs, but being on the ground and having to go mano y mano in close combat is a completely different environment.

    I completely disagree with this decision and can just imagine all the third and fourth order effects and considerations for implementation, such as standards for training. Unless the Obama administration has not noticed we are fighting against a brutal enemy and now is not the time to play a social experiment with our ground combat forces. President Obama, as Commander-in-Chief, should be focused on sequestration and the failure of his policies in the Middle East. This is the misconceived liberal progressive vision of fairness and equality which could potentially lead to the demise of our military.”

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