The Department of Defense today announced new rules that will allow women in the United States military to serve closer to the front lines of combat. The new Pentagon rules will open an additional 14,325 military positions to female servicemembers.
The Armed Forces Press Service reports the changes announced today in essence strike down a 1994 policy that banned female servicemembers from working in positions near combat units - positions like tank mechanics and field artillery radar operators.
The Pentagon's new policy doesn't officially allow women in combat, a point many military watchers say is simply semantics. CBS News put together this fantastic report on women who already serve in unofficial combat roles:
Navy officials in San Diego Monday were assessing the damage in the third major engine breakdown over the past year in a littoral combat ship, prompting an admiral to call for improvements in engineering oversight and training.Read More
The state reached a $252,000 settlement with two contractors over the companies' unlawful evictions of 18 military service members and their families from private military housing in San Diego and Orange counties.