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