US rescinds military ban on women serving in combat
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey formally signed a memo today to rescind a 1994 military ban on women serving in combat.
"It’s clear to all of us that women are contributing in unprecedented ways to the military," Panetta said. "If members of our military can meet the qualifications for the job, then they should have the right to serve regardless of creed or color or gender or sexual orientation."
Photo: Sergeant Crystal Groves, a U.S. Marine, stands in formation during a ceremony for the 235th birthday of the Marines on Nov. 10, 2010, at Camp Delaram in Helmand province, Afghanistan. (Paula Bronstein / Getty Images)