The Pentagon made a historic move Thursday when it lifted its ban against women serving in combat, according to USA Today.
A 1994 restriction prevented women in the military from serving in combat, including service on the front lines. However, many argued, including the American Civil Liberties Union, that reality showed women already serving on the front lines.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a member of the Armed Services Committee who strongly supports the historic change, issued the following statement after the announcement.
“I applaud the Secretary for formally removing the ban," Reed said. "The reality of today’s battlefield is that all who serve are in combat.”
The military's lift of the ban opens up 230,000 posts to women in the military, according to USA Today.
We wanted to know what you thought about the military's decision to lift the ban.
On Dedham Patch's Facebook Page, we asked, "Do you think women should serve in combat?" Here's what a few users had to say:
Stephanie Radner: It would be nice if nobody had to serve in combat, but that's not the way things go. So, I don't see any reason why women who want to serve shouldn't be allowed to serve.
Brian Guarente: As long as they are held to the same standards , then yes.
What do you think about the military lifting the ban? Tell us in the comment section below!