US DOD AP­PROVES DE­CI­SION TO OPEN MIL­I­TARY COM­BAT PO­SI­TIONS FOR WOMEN

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The US Depart­ment of De­fense (DoD) has ap­proved the land­mark de­ci­sion to open all US mil­i­tary com­bat po­si­tions for women. Pen­tagon Press Sec­re­tary Peter Cook, said: “The De­fense Sec­re­tary Ash Carter for­mally ap­proved the fi­nal im­ple­men­ta­tion plans pre­pared by the mil­i­tary ser­vices and US Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand to in­te­grate women into all com­bat roles.” The De­fence Sec­re­tary said that the depart­ment’s per­for­mance stan­dards are now based on ‘real-world op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments and the ex­pe­ri­ences gained in Iraq and Afghanistan’. The im­ple­men­ta­tion group’s re­view of the ser­vices were gov­erned by seven guid­ing prin­ci­ples, in­clud­ing trans­par­ent stan­dards, pop­u­la­tion size, phys­i­cal de­mands and phys­i­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences, con­duct and cul­ture, ta­lent man­age­ment, op­er­at­ing abroad and as­sess­ment and ad­just­ment.

The in­te­gra­tion does not guar­an­tee the pro­mo­tion of women at any set rate or pe­riod. The will con­tinue to op­er­ate the mil­i­tary based on a merit sys­tem. The de­ci­sion will open up nearly 2,20,000 po­si­tions for women in in­fantry, re­con­nais­sance, and spe­cial op­er­a­tions units. It over­rules the US Marine Corps’ re­quest to keep po­si­tions such as in­fantry, ma­chine gunner, fire sup­port, and re­con­nais­sance open to men only.

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