It’s a big deal that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift the Pentagon’s ban on women in combat
. Plenty of American women have been in combat during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but it wasn’t official and they were banned from many jobs within the military. Women can earn a combat action badge (and many do), but cannot earn a combat infantry badge. But how exactly are things now? And what is the change going to mean?
Whether you're inclined to agree with having women in combat or not, here’s some good background reading:
4. This recent essay
lays out the arguments why women should be allowed in combat. The comments are illuminating.