Women Could Be Recruited For Combat Positions Soon

Defense Secretary Ash Carter told American troops in Sicily that he’s just about ready to open up all military positions to women, saying:

“You have to recruit from the American population. Half the American population is female. So I’d be crazy not to be, so to speak, fishing in that pond for qualified service members.”

This comes shortly after news that the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former commandant of the Marine Corps, General Joseph Dunford, filed what was apparently a five-inch-thick report concluding that women should continue to be excluded from front-line combat jobs.

However, Dunford seems to be alone in this conclusion – Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Navy Rear Admiral Brian Losey, and representatives from the Army and Air Force have all voiced their support for recruiting women. Losey voiced his concerns about women’s performance in early recruiting tests, but said that letting candidates prove themselves against the Navy’s standards would be the right thing to do.

Carter asked for recommendations by October 31, so we should be hearing soon about whether or not women will be recruited for combat positions soon.

[ABC News]

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