SOUND OFF: Should Women Serve in Combat?

The Pentagon lifted its ban Thursday on women serving in combat roles, including roles on the front lines of battle. What do you think about the change? Tell us below.

The Pentagon made a historic move Thursday when it lifted its ban against women serving in combat, according to USA Today. 

A 1994 restriction prevented women in the military from serving in combat, including service on the front lines. However, many argued, including the American Civil Liberties Union, that reality showed women already serving on the front lines

U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a member of the Armed Services Committee who strongly supports the historic change, issued the following statement after the announcement. 

“I applaud the Secretary for formally removing the ban," Reed said. "The reality of today’s battlefield is that all who serve are in combat.”

The military's lift of the ban opens up 230,000 posts to women in the military, according to USA Today. 

We wanted to know what you thought about the military's decision to lift the ban. 

On Foxborough Patch's Facebook Page we asked, "Do you think women should serve in combat?" Here's what users had to say:

Linda Fortier: Absolutely. Full equality.

Jessica Lynn Geary: We already serve in combat and have been for years.

Chris Hubert: I have no problems with it and they should also now sign up for selective service as well.

Diane Flint Greer: No. I don't.

Kealy McKenna: If they want to, yes.

What do you think about the military lifting the ban? Tell us in the comment section below! 

Steve C January 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM
As a Veteran of the 25th Infantry Division I support the idea women serving in combat arms roles. The difficulty will be the handling of any "double standards" that currently exist. The APFT (army physical fitness test) currently has separate standards for men and women. This would have to be modified to one test for both sexes entering into a combat arms role. When I deployed to Korea I was 170 lbs and 19 years old, my gear as an Radio operator was 138 lbs of combat load. We were light infantry and carried what we needed on our backs. If a woman were to serve in this role and neglected to carry her weight, and that of her gear, someone else would have to add it to theirs. You don't just leave it behind if its to heavy so someone must bear the load. One standard, one Army, any sex is fine with me.


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