POLL: Military Lifts Women in Combat Ban
Do you agree with the Department of Defense's decision to allow women to fight on the front lines?
Department of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce today the lifting of a 19-year ban that prevented women from serving on the frontlines of ground combat, CNN reports.
The overturning of the 1994 ban would allow women to serve in special operations services such as the Navy SEALS or the Army's Delta Force and open more than 230,000 jobs to women in the military, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
The move, made at the recommendation of the Joints Chief of Staff, will phase in the jobs over the next few years, allowing units to assess the qualifications for women to join their ranks and request exemptions from the order. Panetta expects all branches to have women integrated as much as possible by January 2016, according to CNN.
Do you think this move by the Pentagon is a good idea? Is this a sign that the military is making positive progress, or will the physical demands of the frontline put the soldiers in danger? Cast your vote in the poll and sound off in the comments.