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Panetta opens combat roles to women..............

Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.
The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

What do you think?

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/01/23/panetta-opens-combat-roles-to-women/#ixzz2IpiC8y6w

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momof030404

Asked by momof030404 at 3:36 PM on Jan. 23, 2013 in Politics & Current Events

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  • About time.....
    Mrs_Prissy

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 3:58 PM on Jan. 23, 2013

  • ^^^
    virginiamama71

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 4:25 PM on Jan. 23, 2013

  • You know why they are doing that, to distract from Hillary Clinton's testimony today. It is one of those things look at this over here and pay no attention to that over there.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:46 PM on Jan. 23, 2013

  • "You know why they are doing that, to distract from Hillary Clinton's testimony today. It is one of those things look at this over here and pay no attention to that over there."

    Right? Because Hillary Clinton's testimony hasn't been on every.single.channel.known.to.mankind. for the entire freaking day.

    Oh, wait......
    Mrs_Prissy

    Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 6:58 PM on Jan. 23, 2013

  • Not sure how crazy town up there is linking Clinton and women in combat, but anyhoo..

    About freaking time, several countries already embrace this for the better.
    OenophiliaMama

    Answer by OenophiliaMama at 7:36 PM on Jan. 23, 2013

  • About time! I just hope they do it right and don't cave into either stupid male machismo that refuses to accept what women can do (or sets them up for failure) or equally stupid political pressure to lower expectations to let more women in. Fair is fair. If a woman or man can meet the expectations for a job, then that person should be allowed to do it. And if they can't meet the expectations, then they are out.
    Sebbiemama

    Answer by Sebbiemama at 7:45 PM on Jan. 23, 2013

  • On the surface it is great. When you consider the current theater and the enemy they will be facing it is a bad idea.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:41 PM on Jan. 23, 2013

  • I think one thing to consider is that many women are ALREADY being forced into combat situations because they just need the personnel and a solider is a solider, but the women are not getting the same training or promotions/recognition that the men are. I know personally of a couple examples of this happening - women in "support" positions basically doing the exact same work as the men but with so much less in their favor. Not only is this not fair, but the inequity in training puts EVERYONE at greater risk. Hopefully, this policy change will help correct this problem.
    Sebbiemama

    Answer by Sebbiemama at 10:57 AM on Jan. 24, 2013

  • That's equality!
    momto2boys973

    Answer by momto2boys973 at 11:14 AM on Jan. 24, 2013

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