US allows women into combat roles in the Army

The US has caught up with New Zealand and has allowed women to assume combat roles in the Army.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has lifted the military’s ban on women serving in combat, a move that will allow women into hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando units, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday. 

Women currently serve in a number of combat positions, including piloting warplanes or serving on ships in combat areas. Since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 292,000 women have served in those combat zones out of a total of almost 2.5 million, Pentagon records show. In both wars, 152 women have died from combat or noncombat causes, records show, and 958 have been wounded in action.

Great news, women of course already fly combat missions in the US Air Force and are allowed to serve on Nuclear Submarines as well.

  • Andrei

    The moment I knew when the USA had jumped the shark and is fucked.

    Would you want your boy to join the Military these days?

  • Urban Redneck

    Yes, the USA is indeed screwed. Recent examples:

    * In CA now, a 13yo girl needs written permission from a parent to go on a school trip – but not to get an abortion.

    * A high-school kid brings a mercury thermometer to science class and the entire school is put into lock-down and evacuated.

    * A 12yo girl finds an injured woodpecker, takes it home, nurses it back to health and gets charged with unlawful removal of a native bird species and a $550 fine.

    * A 6yo girl is suspended from school for 5 days after a “teacher” overheard the girl saying that she was going to shoot her friend with her bubble blowing toy.

    But the world has truly run mad. Some people believe ruminating herbivores on farms help cause the polar ice caps to melt. Other people believe that a man can marry another man. And perhaps the craziest one of the lot, the idea that Bush/Cheney blew up the Twin Towers ! The madness just goes on and on.

  • spollyike

    Finally the feminists have the one aspect of equality they (surprisingly) never protested for. About time they “manned up”!

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