Military Warned to Maintain Readiness as Women Move Toward Combat

Share
Copy

"As commander in chief, I am absolutely confident that -- as with the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' -- the professionalism of our armed forces will ensure a smooth transition and keep our military the very best in the world," the president said. "Today, every American can be proud that our military will grow even stronger with our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters playing a greater role in protecting this country we love."

As for the challenges in integrating women into combat roles, Dempsey stressed that the Joint Chiefs of Staff wants a "critical mass" of women in the new roles, to serve as mentors and provide upward mobility. He also said that physical requirements won't be such a daunting challenge, and that it will be up to the service branches to justify any requirements that prevent women from serving.

"Physical standards seem to be the ones people focus on," Dempsey said, responding to a reporter's question. "We can figure that out. We figured out privacy."

Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: A home damaged by a landslide Friday, April 18, 2014 in Jackson, Wyo. is shown in this aerial image provided by Tributary Environmental.
Tributary Environmental/AP Photo
null
Danny Martindale/Getty Images
PHOTO: Woman who received lab-grown vagina says she now has normal life.
Metropolitan Autonomous University and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine