It’s official. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta ended the ban on woman serving in the U.S. military combat units Thursday.
Panetta said, “If they can meet the qualifications for the job then they should have the right to serve.”
Panetta pointed out that 150 women have already been killed in combat, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with men.
Now women can move immediately to medium-sized combat brigades as pilots, medics and the like.
This decision was pushed along by people like Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Jennifer Hunt.
Her Humvee was blown up in Iraq.
She got her purple heart, then sued the army to end gender discrimination.
“There’s a large body of science out there showing unit cohesion is task based and it’s based on people being different and bringing their own experiences to the team and not everybody being the same,” she said.
It’s important to point out that for now, front line combat platoons like the Navy Seals or Delta Force Commandos will not be open to women.
Former Navy Seal Officer and Desert Storm Veteran David White shared with us his unique perspective