On Thursday the Pentagon announced that there are changes being made so women will be allowed to serve in approximately fourteen thousand military positions that were formerly off limits to women. The women veterans are saying that what the Pentagon is proposing is too modest plus it does not take into account that many females are already working in environments that are considered combat areas.
According to the policy changes, women in the military would now be allowed to be assigned to specialties that the already work in with larger brigade levels but would now be able to work in battalion-level units who are posted to war zones. Some of those specialties include working in logistics, communications, and intelligence.
The Pentagon are trying to explain why the military will not open up more jobs to women in the military, especially when you consider that many of them already have experience serving in combat zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. During the past ten years there have been technical loopholes that did allow commanders to assign female soldiers to battalions in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to one source, on the ground now in Afghanistan and Iraq, women are already attached to the units and doing these same jobs so the proposed change is just semantics.