I assume you have all heard that Sec. Panetta has lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions. The wailing and gnashing of teeth is audible and I understand the concerns, well some of them. I don't have time to cover this adequately now, but I can say the decision is not unexpected and in the end, I support it. The devil is in the details, and so all possible pressure will need to be brought to ensure that standards and consequently readiness and combat effectiveness are not compromised.
My significant other will be in studio on NPR's Talk of the Nation today around 2:30 pm eastern to discuss this. She is an Army LTC, airborne, Desert Storm, OIF and several other mobilizations vet who applied for Ranger school more than a dozen times as a Lieutenant. Obviously she didn't get in, but we will soon see the first female Rangers. Let's make sure we do this right.
An opposing view from the ever curmudgeonly, and always informative Jonn Lilyea at TAH.