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Marines Open Infantry School to Women

Female volunteers will head to officer training facility for first time

(Newser) - For the first time ever, women will be permitted to train as infantry combat officers in the Marine Corps, reports the Military Times , which calls the move "monumental." Until now, women have largely been relegated to support roles such as personnel administration and aircraft maintenance. An unknown number... More »

Pentagon Panel: End Combat Ban for Women

Draft report calls restrictions discriminatory

(Newser) - Another military taboo to fall? It looks like the ban on women serving in direct combat roles is in jeopardy. An advisory panel's draft report declares that the practice of restricting women's duties is behind the times and discriminatory, the Huffington Post reports. Among other things, the panel says it... More »

Aussies May Let Female Soldiers Fight

Proposal sparks fierce debate over women's fitness for combat role

(Newser) - The Australian military may change its guidelines to allow women soldiers to serve in front-line combat roles, the AP reports. The country's defense minister says he believes all service roles should be open to women if they can meet the physical demands, and the move may help persuade more females... More »

Pentagon Nixes Purple Heart for Mental Wounds

Post-traumatic stress is not a wound, officials declare

(Newser) - US troops who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder from their tours in Iraq and Afghanistan will not receive the purple heart given to soldiers wounded in combat, reports CNN. The Pentagon announcement came after weeks of review. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 11% of Iraq veterans and 20% of those... More »

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