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United States Armed Forces finally recognizes combat duty of women
The Pentagon ended a ban that prohibited women from serving in combat in the military. Actually, that's not entirely accurate. Women have been serving in combat ever since the ban was officially put into effect back in 1994. Despite participation in combat, because of the ban, women would not have their service in combat recognized because it officially never happened. Such as the case below, noted in the article the New York Times has about this news
As recently as two months ago, four servicewomen filed a federal lawsuit against the Pentagon challenging its combat restriction, saying they had all served in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan but had not been officially recognized for it. One of the women, Maj. Mary Jennings Hegar, an Air National Guard helicopter pilot, was shot down, returned fire and was wounded while on the ground in Afghanistan, but said she could not seek combat leadership positions because the Defense Department did not officially acknowledge her experience as combat.
Combat duty is also linked to advancement in the military as well, so the allowance and recognition for women in combat now opens the doors for them to attain higher ranks in any given branch. So the military as a career path for women has been given way to equalize.
My reaction to this news is the same as when DADT was thrown out. There are people way the fuck braver than I willing to lay it on the line. There's your qualifier for military service. And the fact that we're allowing these people to serve as who they are, and recognize everything they do now, is a big step. And that said, as always, I give my thanks to anyone who has served in the military or continues to at this time (we have many forumers who have and do so).
Centrism is just the cowardly way to be a bigot w/o being explicit about it.
American politics isn't 4D chess, it's just if you give a shit about other people or not.