2nd Lt. Carly E. Towers (R), the officer in charge of the female engagement team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, and Sahima Sheren, or Sam, an interpreter with the FET team, interact with children during a patrol through Tajik Khar in Garmsir, Afghan
Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat
Posted : Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:13AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon formally announced on Thursday its decision to lift its ban on women in front-line combat roles, a move hailed by supporters as a historic step toward gender equality in America's armed forces after 11 years of non-stop war.
"The Department's goal in rescinding the rule is to ensure that the mission is met with the best-qualified and most capable people, regardless of gender," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a statement.
Panetta is due to address a Pentagon news conference in the coming hours.
(Reporting by Phil Stewart and David Alexander; Editing by Vicki Allen)
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