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:
The yearlong experiment to determine whether women can serve in ground combat is wrapping up. "I think for the males they kind of expected us to be ... the moms, the sisters — kind of take care of us. But now they’re like, ‘OK, we’re a Marine, you’re a Marine. Let’s just get the job done,’" said Marine Sgt. Zarina Flemming.Read More