Meet with top Israeli leaders at the Jerusalem Post Annual Conference 2017
Official: US to lift ban on women in front-line combat jobs
ByREUTERS
January 23, 2013 22:49

WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift the military's ban on women serving in combat, a move that could open thousands of front-line jobs to women, a senior US defense official said.

The decision, which will be formally announced later, would give the individual military services until 2016 to seek an exemption if they believe any jobs should remain closed to women, the official said.



"This policy change will initiate a process whereby the services will develop a plan to implement this decision, which was made by the secretary of defense upon recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," the official said.

The decision overturns a 1994 policy that prevents women from serving in small front-line combat units.

Share this article via
from around the web
Related Content
Breaking news
March 27, 2017
Bahrain reportedly breaks Iran-linked 'terrorist' cell behind bus attack

By REUTERS

Top Stories
Israel Weather
  • 10 - 24
    Beer Sheva
    11 - 19
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 11 - 21
    Jerusalem
    10 - 19
    Haifa
  • 16 - 30
    Elat
    12 - 25
    Tiberias