Officials: New Military Roles For Women

Defense officials say the Pentagon is changing its rules to allow women to serve in more jobs closer to the front lines.

The changes will allow the rules to catch up a bit with the reality that women have been fighting and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for a decade.

Officials say the new rules are expected to continue the long-held prohibition that prevents women from serving as infantry, armor and special operations forces. But they will allow more women to serve in other roles at the battalion level, which until now had been considered too close to combat.

Officials spoke about the report on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been made public. An announcement is expected Thursday.

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  • by BLAHammed on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:03 AM
    I know this might be a little off topic but can you imagine you got a woman on the front lines with you and you get injured,can't you just see her drag your limp 170 pound plus body towards safety...leon panetta is nothing more than Anti American liberal italian spew.

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