Till now, there was a ban on women joining the US military in direct combat roles - that decision has now been reversed and the ban withdrawn as reported in telegraph.co.uk of dated 24th of January 2013.
This decision ofthe US secretary of Defence would mean that the fairer sex can now engage in face to face combat with the enemy at close quarters and shoot to kill – these women could even be inducted into the elite forces.
Obviously, it would open up many new opportunities to the women.
The Congress can raise objections and, if all goes well, the decision could be implemented in two years time.
While many believe that the presence of women in any all-male unit could lead to complications, the fact remains that countries like Australia, Canada, France and Germany already have such provisions of allowing entry of women in combat roles.
However, Britain continues to have such a ban.
Incidentally, a Quinnipiac Poll conducted in February-2012 revealed that nearly 75% of Americans felt that women should be allowed to serve in the front lines.
Just for records – over 200,000 women have served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in non combat roles after 9/11 and 140 of them have lost their lives.
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