Excerpt from article just published by the Washington Post, January 23, 2013:
Pentagon chief Leon Panetta will announce plans to lift the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military, a senior defense official says.
Overall, women make up about 14 percent of the active-duty military. According to the Defense Department, 152 female troops have been killed in the Iraq and Afghan wars.
Female veteran groups say that even though the number of women who would pursue combat jobs might be small, having the option is a long overdue step that would bring the United States in line with several of its allies.
This is a major victory for women in our armed forces who have been excluded by the ban from about 1/5th of active duty positions men can pursue. Equality for women is still something we fight for, now, more women who choose to take up the flag and fight for their country will be allowed to do so.