Pentagon clears the way for women in combat
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is clearing the way for women to apply for combat specialties and units. The move will create about 200,000 jobs for women. Most of those jobs are in the Army and the Marines.
The Navy recently opened submarine opportunities to women. The first female officers joined their sub crews a few months ago.
Each branch of the military will have time to assess each job to see if it's feasible and how quickly women can be integrated.
A senior defense official says some positions, like special operations forces and some infantry units can ask for exemptions to the rule.
Women could be in all service units by the end of 2015.
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