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U.S. Army opens combat roles to woman

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Pentagon will take an unprecedented step today when it opens thousands of combat-related roles to women serving in the Army.

Female soldiers had been excluded from those jobs because the roles were either close to ground combat or directly involved in combat. Advocates pushed for change in policy -- saying women serving on the front lines in patrols and in other security units are already risking their lives.

Monday the pentagon will open 14,000 combat-related roles to women in the Army. The Defense Department plans to assess the new policy in six months. The Army Times reports about 30-percent of Army jobs will remain restricted to men.

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