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Marines assist their embedded (FET) Female Engagement Team member across a canal in Afghanistan

“not every position will open all at once on Thursday.” Once the policy is changed, the 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 integrate them

What will be interesting is "what" they do with the current standards that are in place within the forces. Will they make women do pull ups vis flexed arm hangs like the men do required by the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT) or will they simply allow them to meet "female" set standards and perform next to male combat infantry Marines?  As a note, the Marine also just recently discontinued the Marine Corps "Female Engagement Teams" (FET) (interesting)

The Marine Corps was the first to "test" the waters and allow female Marines to join infantry units. See the results here where where all the females that aplied for infantry units, washed out of the program.

See the results of a previous poll here on OMV regarding females in combat (infantry) units)

Time for a C-Gar!

Official: Pentagon to Lift Rule Excluding Women From Combat

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2013 – Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military, a senior defense official said today.

The policy change will begin a process in which the services will develop plans to implement the decision, which was made by Panetta upon the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the official said.

The official provided no further details and did not indicate when the announcement might take place. (A little motre here)


Kim Gibson

Terrible idea. Advancement opportunities for women shouldn't drive policy, needs of the service should.


Allen West
On SecDef Leon Panetta's statement re: opening up direct combat billets to women. First of all, women in combat zones are serving in combat and the new 21st century battlefield means anyone outside of their FOB( Forward Operating Base) will potentially be engaged in a combat situation.

However, to make the insidious policy decision that we shall now open up combat billets to women is something completely different. GI Jane was a movie and should not be the basis for a policy shift. I know Martha McSally, have known women who are Apache and Cobra helicopter pilots, and served with women who were MPs, but being on the ground and having to go mano y mano in close combat is a completely different environment.

I completely disagree with this decision and can just imagine all the third and fourth order effects and considerations for implementation, such as standards for training. Unless the Obama administration has not noticed we are fighting against a brutal enemy and now is not the time to play a social experiment with our ground combat forces. President Obama, as Commander-in-Chief, should be focused on sequestration and the failure of his policies in the Middle East. This is the misconceived liberal progressive vision of fairness and equality which could potentially lead to the demise of our military.

Amy R.

Is it just me....or why did Panetta mention how much this is going to cost? Oh yes, the cost will be high, financially and in humans.

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