Pentagon to allow women in combat
The United States military is modifying its long-standing ban on women in combat roles.
January 23rd, 2013
03:24 PM ET

Pentagon to allow women in combat

The U.S. military is ending its policy of excluding women from combat, and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops, CNN has learned. Multiple officials confirm to CNN that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will make the announcement tomorrow, and notify Congress of the planned change in policy.

"We will eliminate the policy of 'no women in units that are tasked with direct combat, a senior defense official says.

But the officials caution that "not every position will open all at once on Thursday."

Once the policy is changed, Department of Defense will enter what is being called an "assessment phase," in which each branch of service will examine all of its jobs and units not currently integrated and then produce a timetable in which it can. The Army and Marine Corps, especially, will be examining physical standards and gender-neutral accommodations within combat units. Every 90 days, the service chiefs will have to report back on how they're doing.

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  1. Patrick Henry

    Stupidest thing I've ever heard. You're asking for trouble, Leon.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 1608

    Why do so many people find this to be a problem?

    January 23, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Good! Let women serve in combat. Anybody who watched Mrs. Clinton handle her attackers today realises that women in combat may outshine the men surrounding them.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Snoopy

    It's about time!!! I am a male Army veteran, and I see absolutely no issues with doing this.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Orville

    I have no issue with any woman serving in combat. So long as she can pass the same physical fitness testing that the males next to her have to.

    If they can't, then I have an issue. Put them there based on merit and capabilities, not gender.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    one...must a child lose both parents?

    January 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    two...raypes and abuse is already at an unacceptable level in the military...with most perp getting away!

    January 23, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble direct combat do really believe those dormant "lara croft" capabilities gonna activate and prevail over male enemy...c'mon nah...i don't think so!

    January 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 1608®

    okay R.R. please stop counting I'm getting very sleeeeepppy. thank-you for your input.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      i didn't get to how they gonna reconcile the monthly feminine hygiene issues on battlefield...and enemy detection of the discards...

      January 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. General H. "Rodham" Clinton

    Put your curlers away, ladies. Lock and load.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    four...don't forget the are they supposed to crawl on the belly...they sleep alot...i don't that person will make good watchmen...they eat alot, too...ain't no food on the battlefield...

    January 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Orville

    four...werst trohl evar!

    January 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. General H. "Rodham" Clinton

    I agree with Joey Igotta-Baloney. A regiment of Army women could easily outshine crips&blood men. (and will) That goes for Hell's Angels, MS-13, chicago Disciples AND The Pis sed-off Bas star ds of Bloomington, etc etc etc American street bangers.
    President Obama's gonna punk you punks with women soldiers too now. 🙂

    January 23, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. General H. "Rodham" Clinton

    Read that congressional National Defense Authorzation Act, ladies. And KNOW that president Obama authorized the use of US Military forces to combat domestic terrorism on Dec. 31, 2012.
    Gang bangers disband or be fired upon.! Do it now while there is yet time to save your own life. You beat the FBi and local law enforcement for many years. Don't let that fool you. An US Army of women could easily crush you all.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 1608®

    okay women you are in a combat zone now. chest IN.

    January 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
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