US military to open frontline combat roles to women

A female US soldier mans a machine gun on a vehicle in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on June 13, 2003The US military will open up all positions — including frontline combat roles — to women, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Thursday in a sweeping move officially ending centuries of men-only tradition. “As long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will … be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat,” Carter said. Given the tough physical standards, Carter stressed that equal opportunity would probably not translate to equal participation of men and women in all roles.

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