Uncle Sam is calling all women to serve—in all parts of the armed forces. The U.S. military announced today that all combat positions are opened up to women. Some 220,000 jobs in areas like infantry, armor, reconnaissance and special operations—where men basically thought we were too weak or unintelligent to handle—are now available to women.
"This means that as long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before, said Defense Secretary Ash Carter. “They'll be able to drive tanks, give orders, lead infantry soldiers into combat.”
This is an about-face, considering the Marine Corps had previously publicized its opinion that all-male squads are “more effective” in combat and “less likely to be injured” than groups with men and women. Translation: No girls allowed. But the military has become more inclusive over time. In August, two women became the first female soldiers to complete the Army's Ranger School, but they couldn't apply to join the elite special opps 75th Ranger Regiment.
This landmark decision takes into effect after 30 days.