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‚Äôs 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.