Many brave women serve our country in the military and many have lost their lives or have been seriously injured while performing their duties. It seems almost inevitable that after revoking Don't Ask Don't Tell , the question of women in combat would be revisited by the Pentagon.
According to the Daily Caller:
A draft report by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission recommends that the military take action to lift the longstanding restriction on women serving in combat roles in the military.
The draft report is being discussed by members of the 24-member commission on Thursday and Friday. The change can be implemented without congressional approval.
The Department of Defense, the draft report recommends, should remove the “combat exclusion policies” for women to “create a level playing field for all qualified servicemembers”More information is reported in an NPR article:
A high-level military commission is set to recommend that the Pentagon reverse its long-standing policy that bars women from being in combat.
Hundreds of thousands of women are currently serving in the U.S. military, and many of them are in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Pentagon's policy, women are, and always have been, barred from taking part in any ground combat operations.
But in reality, women are already in the thick of the fight — and an upcoming report will recommend that the Pentagon acknowledge the reality on the ground and allow women to be assigned to combat units.
The Military Leadership Diversity Commission was established by Congress in 2009 to look at ways to diversify the force and boost recruiting. The commission includes high-ranking retired and active-duty military officers who, for the past year, have been debating whether to overturn the current combat exclusion policy. This policy bans women from being assigned to artillery, infantry and other combat units; it says women can be attached to these units in support roles but that they are not explicitly allowed to be part of combat groups.
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