Women in Combat Ban Lifted
by Amber Maccione
Combat Exclusion Policy Lifted
The Pentagon announced today that they are lifting a 20 year old policy that banned women from serving in ground combat units - units that would for example go out on daily patrols and sometimes have to fight Taliban units.
Today, January 24, 2013, marks a day in history as women have gained equality to men mostly in the military divisions of the army and marines. With the ban lifted, a quarter of a million jobs open up for militant women.
Before the ban was lifted, women were barred from serving directly in ground combat. Although they were seen in these units during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they were not directly in combat. They worked in administration roles, medical roles, or humanitarian roles where they would go into the villages and work one on one with the women and children. (Don't get me wrong, women still were found to fight alongside combat units but without the intense training they would have had opportunity to have if there had not been a ban against women being in combat units).
But today, as history was made, women can now be trained and allowed into combat units where, if they meet the requirements, can be sent out in daily ground units to patrol and fight on the front lines of war.
Ban Lifted on Women Serving in Combat
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- Marines stand at... - Women in combat ban lifted - chicagotribune.com
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