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Women To Take Up Front-Line Commando Posts

June 18, 2013

Female roles in the military are rapidly changing as the changes made by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made on January 24, begin to take effect. The most recent change: Women can now serve in front-line commando roles once reserved for men only. It’s unclear what the reaction will be in the military community but it is a major stride for female involvement in the military


Women will be able to serve in front-line combat positions in the U.S. military, including certain commando roles previously reserved for men, Pentagon officials will say today.

Army Rangers and Navy SEALs are among special-operations units that are considering inducting women, according to military service documents that will be discussed at a Pentagon briefing this afternoon.

U.S. Military Services to Admit Women to Front-Line Combat Jobs

Sergeant Asyah Moore, front, a soldier with the U.S. Army’s Second Infantry Division, climbs over an obstacle during an air assault training course at Camp Casey in Dongducheon, South Korea. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The move signals the next steps toward implementing the policy change announced by then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Jan. 24. It could mean as many as 237,000 combat positions previously not available to women would be open to them by January 2016.