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 Mansfied Patch's Facebook Page we asked, "Do you think women should serve in combat?" Here's what users had to say:
Norm Corliss: No! Many of them already are in combat in their homes -- how can they fight on two fronts?
Joe Reardon: Nope. The military shouldnt be used as a social experiment.
Krissy Worth: I don't agree with this at all. I'm all for equal rights, but there are things a man should do and things a woman should do. I didn't say can because I think women amen are capable of doing it all, but should and can or two different things. Someone mentioned yesterday it's always been 'women and children first', it seems that just went right out the window with this one.
Diana Lynn Cole: I personally feel that male or female, should never have too. Can we as nurturers shoot someone, yes. Are we physically able to carry and last as long as our male counterparts, well that's what training camp is for. To separate the weak from the strong. I do believe the male physical body is more tolerant. But mind over matter. Women are ferocious fighters. Mental fortitude is something that can go to the end. Just my opinion, I find no need for anyone to reply.
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