Posted at: 01/24/2013 3:05 AM
Updated at: 01/24/2013 6:05 PM
By: Associated Press
Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.
The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units.
Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.
One person applauding the decision to lift the ban on women in combat is Senior Airman Stacy Fogarty now with the Veterans Outreach Center. She joined the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after graduating from Gates Chili High School and spent six months in a war zone in Iraq. She joined Janet Lomax on News10NBC at 5 to talk about it. The video is above.