U.S. military chiefs to report on opening combat roles to women

U.S. Servicemen and women listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speaking to troops deployed in Afghanistan during an unannounced visit to Bagram Air Base in KabulBy Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top U.S. military leaders were expected to deliver their recommendations on Wednesday on opening combat jobs to women, teeing up a historic but delicate decision by Defense Secretary Ash Carter on how far to move gender boundaries in the world’s most formidable military. Carter has until year’s end to decide whether to agree to a Marine Corps request that it be partially exempt from a January 2013 Department of Defense directive that military services allow women to compete for virtually all jobs, including the toughest and most dangerous roles on the frontlines of wars. The services’ recommendations, due by Oct. 1, were not made public, but a U.S. official confirmed that the Marine Corps had requested to keep some combat jobs open only to men.

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