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Ban on Combat for Women Lifted

Posted at: 01/24/2013 6:34 PM
Updated at: 01/24/2013 10:56 PM

The 19-year ban on women in combat roles has been lifted by the military.

That means women, if they can pass the physical requirements, can be in the infantry and special forces.

The 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth was not affected by the ban, since all of their positions were open to both genders.

This has helped Col. Penny Dieryck rise through the ranks to being a top leader on the base, during her 32 years of service.

She told us, "The lifting of the ban will allow women to continue to grow in the general ranks, four star, three star, two star. Women have gotten to that level, through logistics, supply, and personnel type careers. Now this would be the opportunity to let women grow in those specialty forces and different career opportunities."

President Obama said he's confident the decision will strengthen the U.S. military.

Across the country, members of the military of both sexes said they accepted the new policy, so long as women will have to meet the same standards as their male colleagues.