Pentagon to Allow Women in Combat

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email

The U.S. Military is ending its policy of excluding women from combat roles. This will allow women to be assigned to select positions in ground combat units.

It is basically giving women the right to fight, but there are some who aren't with this type of girl power.

The ban on women in combat is over and Luz Bruno is excited.

"It's been a long time coming and I can't wait for it," said Bruno.

This Mary Baldwin senior is in ROTC and plans to be commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Virginia Army National Guard after she graduates.

On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will lift a long standing ban on women serving in combat.

Bruno says, "I just feel like now, that we are considered part of the same level, it's something that's real change."

Change that won't happen overnight.

Panetta's decision mandates that studies and reviews on women as infantry soldiers must be completed by October 2015. Women won't be assigned to infantry any sooner than that.

It's a move some say is heading in the right direction.

"We've been fighting for equal rights for all for a long time and now women, quite literally have won the right to fight, " said David Miller.

Not everyone agrees. Tasha Johnson, who says she's former military, posted on the WHSV Facebook page, "We as women are wired differently. Its truth. Some women can be just as ruthless as men but it needs to stay the old way."

For Bruno, this helps change the view of women in the military.

"She's seen as a companion, as a battle buddy and that's something that definitely can socially change for females that we are considered one of the guys," said Bruno.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will make the official announcement on Thursday.

This will open more than 230,000 jobs to women across service branches.


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