Army convoys are given the thumbs up from a fellow soldier after crossing into Kuwait during the last convoy out of Iraq, December 18, 2011. (photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
David Alexander and Phil Stewart | Reuters | Reader Supported News | December 4, 2015
he U.S. military will let women serve in all combat roles, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Thursday in a historic move striking down gender barriers in the armed forces.
“As long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before,” Carter told a Pentagon news conference.
“They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars, and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALS, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men,” he said.
President Barack Obama called the move a “historic step forward,” saying it would “make our military even stronger.”