Panetta’s decision overturns a 1994 rule and opens up thousands of front-line positions for women.
The Associated Press reports senior defense officials have said Pentagon chief Leon Panetta has decided to remove the military ban on women serving on the front lines in combat situations. This decision,
[Opens] hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.
This groundbreaking decision, which was recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will overturn a 1994 rule that banned women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta has given all branches of the Armed Forces until January 2016 to request special exceptions for specific positions they feel should remain closed to women.
What do you think? Should women be on the front lines of combat? If so, should women have to register with Selective Service for the draft at age 18, as men do?