The Pentagon made a historic move Thursday when it lifted its ban against women serving in combat, according to USA Today.
A 1994 restriction prevented women in the military from serving in combat, including service on the front lines. However, many argued, including the American Civil Liberties Union, that reality showed women already serving on the front lines.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a member of the Armed Services Committee who strongly supports the historic change, issued the following statement after the announcement.
“I applaud the Secretary for formally removing the ban," Reed said. "The reality of today’s battlefield is that all who serve are in combat.”
The military's lift of the ban opens up 230,000 posts to women in the military, according to USA Today.
We wanted to know what you thought about the military's decision to lift the ban.
On Stoughton Patch's Facebook Page, we asked, "Do you think women should serve in combat?" So far the post has received four likes and one user, Shawn David Lovell, weighed in by saying:
To an extent yes if women are held to the same standards already in place for males in combat arms MOS for everything including PT and there should also be even tougher rules on fraternization where if it is found out BOTH parties are dishonorably discharged. And I know the standard because I was in a combat arms MOS for 8 years.
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