Women in combat
January 24, 2013 7:05 AM Subscribe
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Today, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will announce
that the Pentagon has lifted its 19 year old ban on women serving in combat roles in the military.
The announcement follows a November 29, 2012 lawsuit
filed by the ACLU
on behalf of four Iraq/Afghanistan veterans.
Some state that the new military policy, which will be rolled out in phases, will just really align to the reality that women have frequently found themselves in combat
in Iraq and Afghanistan, where more than 20,000 have served. As of last year, more than 800 women had been wounded in the two wars and more than 130 had died
Each branch of the military will have control over how the policy is applied; however, some branches, like the Marines, have been testing women
for combat roles since this past summer.
Women will still not, at this point, be eligible for the Selective Service draft, per a Supreme Court ruling in Rostker v. Goldberg
, which states in part that "since women are excluded from combat service by statute or military policy, men and women are simply not similarly situated for purposes of a draft or registration for a draft, and Congress' decision to authorize the registration of only men therefore does not violate the Due Process Clause."