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WUSF News: Taking on the Role of Women in Combat

By Truman Project Staff | 2.22.13

Truman Project Fellow Kayla Williams talks about the role of women in combat.

It was January 24th, just a few weeks ago, when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced he was lifting the ban on women serving in combat.

While many women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan argue they’ve been in combat for years, they welcomed the news as yet another step in getting rid of gender-based barriers in the military.

But that announcement didn’t automatically open up all roles to women.¬† Some units, for example the Navy SEALS, can apply for an exemption and ¬†have until 2016 to decide whether or not they want to include women.

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