Some Combat Restrictions for Women Lifted

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Pentagon announced new rules this week that would allow women to serve closer to the front lines and will be implemented later this summer. The changes would allow women to serve in non-infantry battalion jobs, such as radio operators, intelligence analysts, medics, radar operators and tank mechanics. This could open up 14,000 new jobs to female troops, largely in the army and marine corps.  

Military analyst Paula Broadwell served for a decade in the U.S. military and has spent nearly two decades working in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency. Former Marine Anu Bhagwati is the executive director of the Service Women’s Action Network. 


Anuradha K. Bhagwati and Paula Broadwell

Produced by:

Shia Levitt

Comments [6]


Celeste Headlee made a remarkable presumption about a Rick Santorum statement.

Sen. Santorum said that he was concerned about emotions compromising with the mission

Celeste Headlee guessed at what Santorum was talking about, thinking that he was simply impugning women's emotionalism or, talking about heterosexual tension between troops. "I'LL TELL YOU WHAT HE (Santorum)'S TALKING ABOUT," Ms. Headlee exclaimed.

That is not what I thought at all; I immediately thought that Santorum was talking about male soldiers' natural desires to be extra-protective of female comrades. And I was not alone. Prof. Ann Althouse -- blogger and Wisconsin law professor -- thought the exact same thing:

So to Celeste; "Hey, Celeste: I'LL TELL YOU WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT!"

Feb. 10 2012 05:02 PM
amc from Miami Shores

I listened to this morning's report and am glad that some restrictions have been lifted but was annoyed by the comments about how women shouldn't be allowed on the front lines because they are distractions to the men. I was further annoyed and disturbed to hear that the fact that servicewomen are being raped is being used as a reason to not allow them to serve alongside men. I was then even further disturbed to know that serviceMEN are regularly raped as well. What kind of people do we have serving in our military? I work with men everyday and do not fear being raped by any of them. Rape is a crime. Instead of using this as an excuse to keep women from serving alongside men, why not punish the criminals? If I'm not mistaken, rape, regardless of the gender of the victim, is a violent crime punishable by law. If these people are raping their comrade in arms, it's scary to think of what they may be doing to the locals.

Feb. 10 2012 11:20 AM
carl queens, n.y.

during black history month, wouldn't it be a good idea to ponder the words of mr. king who said, ''can't we all just get along?''... maybe we could put this discussion to sleep once and for all... i really believe rodney was on to something...

Feb. 10 2012 10:36 AM


Feb. 10 2012 10:27 AM

"The problem is much worse than being reported"....."and the reporting levels among men are even lower than among women.."

Speaking of unreported assaults against women has this program reported at all on the assaults against women and others at the Occupy protests or have they been purposefully ignored despite the police records?

Presumedly the program focuses on assaults in the military because they want to make the military better.
Why not focus on the assaults, crime, violence and squalor of the Occupy movement to make it better because its easier for a uninformed citizen to join Occupy than the military and the media is supposed to be about informing the public. Unless of course journalists are playing political games with their profession.

Feb. 10 2012 10:05 AM
Brian from Marblehead, Mass

Does U.S. Selective Service still require men over 18 to register if they want eligibility for some government services? Has this ever been challenged as sexist?

Feb. 10 2012 09:40 AM

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