US women to serve in combat roles

Jan 24, 2013, 8:04 PM EST
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Stephanie Robertson, a member of the female engagement team (FET) assigned to 2d Battalion, 6th Marine Re
REUTERS/Lance Cpl. Marionne T. Mangrum/U.S. Marine Corps/Handout

In a landmark decision, 230,000 battlefront posts will now be open to female soldiers. The historic modification to a 1994 policy, which prohibited women from fighting in small ground combat units, will undoubtedly be a difficult transition for the US military, as well as a significant challenge for its top military leaders. The new rules, announced by outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Thursday, were recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.