The Pentagon made a historic move Thursday when it lifted its ban against women serving in combat, according to USA Today.
A 1994 restriction prevented women in the military from serving in combat, including service on the front lines. However, many argued, including the American Civil Liberties Union, that reality showed women already serving on the front lines.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a member of the Armed Services Committee who strongly supports the historic change, issued the following statement after the announcement.
“I applaud the Secretary for formally removing the ban," Reed said. "The reality of today’s battlefield is that all who serve are in combat.”
The military's lift of the ban opens up 230,000 posts to women in the military, according to USA Today.
We wanted to know what you thought about the military's decision to lift the ban.
On Easton Patch's Facebook Page we asked, "Do you think women should serve in combat?" Here's what users had to say:
Angela GreenMom: If they chose to. I dont think a woman should have to though.
Amanda McHugh: I'm all for it. If you are signing up, it shouldn't matter whether you are male or female as to where you are positioned.
Paula Johnson Nevens: Not unless they go through the same training as men. The requirements for women to enter military is not at the same standard as it is for men. I wouldn't want my son to have a battle buddy who could not lift him out of harms way. Two of my sons served their country, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
What do you think about the military lifting the ban? Tell us in the comment section below!