Should Women Be Allowed to Serve in Combat?
The Department of Defense has lifted the ban on women in the military serving in combat roles. This will open up about 230,000 military posts to women.
For the first time in American history, women in the military will be able to serve in combat.
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta lifted the ban on female service members in combat, which allows them to officially serve on the front lines.
Congress has 30 days to weigh in on the decision, reported the Huffington Post. Military services have until May 15 to present implementation plans to the Panetta and until January 2016 to seek exemptions.
Panetta made the decision based on the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reported the Washington Post.
Lifting the ban will open about 230,000 posts, including those on the front lines, reported USA Today.
Women have already been serving in combat for more than a decade but have not been officially recognized. Active-duty female personnel make up about 15 percent of armed forces, reported the Huffington Post.
This decision comes after a decade in which women demonstrated heroism in the battle field in Iraq and Afghanistan, reported the Washington Post
The Army, the largest branch, excludes women from 25 percent of active-duty roles.
The 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule did not allow women to be assigned below the brigade level to fight on the ground, which has barred women from infantry artillery armor, and engineers and special operations units of battalion size, reported USA Today. The rule also gave services discretion to restrict women from positions with physically demanding tasks, special operations, stationing or cohabitating with combat troops,
Panetta will be updated with an evaluation of the reforms by November.
Thoughts On Women Serving in Combat
When asked what people thought about the ban on Facebook, this is what they had to say:
Jacqueline Killey I think it would be great, however the military is having trouble finding able bodied women that not only pass fitness tests, but excel through them. The female body is tough as nails, especially when conditioned for the job. But I fear that in high volume activity, it won't hold up. Women's bodies (typically) are not as strong as men's bodies.
Thomas Kamenick Should they be subject to the draft (if there should be a draft) and have to register for selective service then?
Lee-Heather Iverson I think it would be irresponsible for a mother to serve in active combat...being there for your kids is the most important thing...your kids should always come first.
Andy Fox It's every man and woman's job to help serve their country. Whether or not you’re in combat, sex can't play a role. Women have fought for the right to serve in the military.
Pamela Mainland I think the enemy has a reason to be afraid
Kathie Winter I always think of what could happen to them if captured. Torture is known, but rape could be used to get info too.
Monica Walsh As long as it is done on a volunteer basis I guess I don't have problems with it. Begrudgingly. It's going to be a rough road for the women who do volunteer and I feel so sorry for what they are going to go through with the male combat soldiers.
Jill Brooks As long as they are tested in combat situations and pass....I don't have an issue with it. But, what if you have a son who suffers an injury or loss of life in combat because a woman could not perform the same as a man in specific situations.
Megan Klemm Niggemann Other armies have had women in combat. I think it’s about time the US used its resources. If women want to fight, let them fight!