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Women Belong in Combat, According to a New Report

We've come a long way, baby. The Military Leadership Diversity Commission is recommending to Congress that women start serving in combat, according to a Department of Defense news release. There's currently a ban in place that prevents women from being assigned to ground combat units, although critics of that policy say women already currently serve in combat situations. The chair of the commission, retired Air Force General Lester ...

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More than 14,000 Military Jobs Open up to Women in May (Video)

More than 14,000 military jobs previously closed off to female troops because of their proximity to combat will become available to them on May 14, the Department of Defense announced today.

The announcement stems from two big changes made in February 2012 to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule. That rule in essence banned female service members from working in positions near combat units - positions like ...

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Panetta, Dempsey Officially Lift Ban On Women In Combat

It's official. Today Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey announced the Pentagon has lifted the ban on women serving in more than 230,000 combat roles.

During the news conference, Dempsey told reporters that it's incorrect to say women will "soon" be serving in combat:

"Woman are serving in combat, and have been."

The news conference, which aired live on The ...

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Reaction to Army's "Women In Combat" Idea

Reaction on the blogosphere to the Military.com report over the weekend that the Army's policy banning women from combat arms units could soon be revised has been plentiful and, to my surprise, widely if not unanimously supportive. Writes Jim Kelley on the Fathers of the Brave blog:

Dan De Luce says:

Kristen Henderson, who writes frequently on military issues, comments:

Sgt. Maria Pantella, a noncommissioned officer in charge ...

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Deployed Military Women At Increased Risk For Post-Childbirth Depression

Military women who face combat in deployment after having a baby face an increased risk of depression, according to a new study from San Diego State University, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, and Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda.

The study finds most of the 16,000 service women on active duty who have babies each year return to service 6 weeks after giving birth, and can be ...

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Ban On Women In Combat Lifted

The Associated Press is reporting that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will lift the ban on women serving in combat in the United States military.

According to the A.P., the move will open "hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war."

The American Forces Press Service reports Panetta made the decision to overturn the 1994 rule that banned women from ...

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ACLU Sues To Allow Women In Combat

The ACLU of Northern California has filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon policy that bans women from combat.

The ACLU filed the suit, Hegar, et al. v. Panetta, on behalf of four female service members who say despite fighting on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Department of Defense's formal policy has hampered their ability to get the same kind of promotions and awards as their male ...

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Pentagon to Let Women Serve Closer to Front Lines (Video)

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 ...

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Navy Secretary Releases Statement On Women In Combat

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus released a statement today regarding the decision by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to lift the ban on women in combat in the United States military.

It reads as follows:

"I fully support Secretary Panetta's decision to rescind the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, which removes barriers preventing women Sailors and Marines from reaching their potential in certain fields.

"I am ...

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Pentagon To Allow Women To Train For Navy SEALs, Army Rangers (Video)

The Pentagon is scheduled to announce a plan today that would allow women to train for military special forces units like the Navy SEALs and the Army Rangers.

The plan, obtained by the Associated Press, makes thousands of combat jobs open to women who meet the physical and mental standards for those jobs.

Women would be able to begin training for the Army Ranger program by mid-2015, and the Navy ...

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The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women

The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards.

And here's where things stand in the Marines.

Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an infantry training course last fall at Camp LeJeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. That course lasted ...

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Trailblazing Women Fail Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course

Two trailblazing women who became the first female participants in the notoriously brutal Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course have dropped out of the program, according to the Stars and Stripes.

The two female lieutenants failed to complete the combat endurance test portion of the program, as did 26 male Marines.

Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Eric Flanagan told the Stars and Stripes one of women was dropped from the grueling 13-week ...

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Women Marines Celebrate Their Legacy, Reflect on Their Changing Roles

This past weekend, nearly 400 women from around the country gathered for a memorial service to recognize fellow female Marines who lost their lives within the past two years in Iraq and Afghanistan. Women Marines dating back as far as World War I were there. These are the women who laid the foundation for today's female military population, whose roles during war have changed so dramatically.

Major Shawn Haley ...

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End of Combat in Iraq… Sound Familiar?

In a speech to a group of veterans earlier this month, President Obama reiterated his plans to bring troops home from Iraq. "I made it clear that by Aug. 31, 2010, America's combat mission in Iraq would end," he said. "And that is exactly what we are doing ' as promised, on schedule." Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn't it? Is this declaration really that different than George Bush's now-infamous ...

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Army Mulls Placing Women in Combat... But They Already Are!

The Army is studying whether to open combat infantry units to female soldiers. Military.com is reporting that the Army's top officer, Gen. George W. Casey Jr., made the following announcement on Friday at a breakfast gathering of the Association of the U.S. Army:

With respect to Gen Casey, this is a misnomer. In Iraq and Afghanistan, our female troops have been placed in combat situations from day ...

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Female Marines Make History, Will Become First-Ever To Graduate From Enlisted Infantry Training

For the first time in Marine Corps history, three women will graduate from the Marine Corps’ grueling enlisted infantry training course.

Officials tell the Marine Corps Times the women completed the exact same demanding 59-day course as the men:

For example, during the 12½-mile march, all students were required to haul almost 90-pounds of combat gear. The women assigned to Delta Company also were required to perform pull-ups — not a ...

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Training Blast Kills Female Soldier In Afghanistan (Video)

The Army is investigating the death of Spc. Hilda I. Clayton, 22, a combat camera specialist who died in during an Afghan National Army training exercise in Qaraghahi, Afghanistan on July 2, according to the Department of Defense.

Clayton was from Augusta, Georgia. She was assigned to the 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), 21st Signal Brigade, Fort George G. Meade in Maryland.

Col. Bill Benson, commander of the Brigade, told ...

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First Female Marines Take Combat Leadership Test

Women in the U.S. military have been flying warplanes for years, and recently began serving in artillery and tank units. But they're still barred from direct ground combat.

Now, for the first time in the course's 35-year history, the Marine Corps is putting the first women through its grueling Infantry Officer Course: 86 days crawling through obstacle courses, lugging heavy machine guns, navigating the woods at night ...

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Female Troops Suffer From Poorly-Fitting Body Armor

You've come a long way, baby...but not far enough to warrant military body armor that that fits you properly. At least not yet. But of last week, the House Armed Services Committee has called upon the U.S. Army to assess the issue, according to the Washington Post:

In the panel’s report accompanying the FY 2013 defense-authorization bill, the Armed Services Committee directs the Army secretary to ...

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DAILY REPORT: Pendleton Women in Afghan Combat, Vietnam and Afghanistan Parallels, More Contractors Killed than Soldiers, Free Hotel Stay for Veterans, Scandal at Stars and Stripes

More dead contractors than soldiers -In the first six months of this year, 235 American troops died in combat zones, while 250 contractor personnel died as well. This was not unexpected, and there were many factors at work to make it so. Combat casualties were way down in this period. There are about as many civilian contractors involved out there as there are troops. The military personnel are in much ...

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