Military Explores Putting Women in Combat

Leaders collect data to measure impact of opening the front lines to women.
1:32 | 06/18/13

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Women soon could be training for elite combat roles on the front lines the army navy airforce and Marines are exploring the best way to integrate women into jobs that have historically been off limits. Right now we're collecting data and -- -- this very deliberate methodology. To ensure we do this right. Right means we maintain combat effective units across a total force and we don't set are female Marines. For failure. The services are developing new job specific standards for men and women serving in combat opening the doors for women to train its army Rangers and Navy SEALs. The elite special operation forces will retain the current physical and psychological standards for both men and women we have the -- -- male -- female. We know if we -- to enact his occupation. You can get attacked. But it's not women's physical performance that worries some commanders. Frankly I was encouraged by just physical performance of some of the young girls they're concerned about the social and cultural aspects. Of putting women into combat. The service's plan to continue measuring the impact of opening the front lines to women are playing continues and accelerates to steady march to equal. Professional opportunity women have already lost their lives in combat support roles more than a 150 women have died in the line of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. And now Frontline positions might soon open up. If any of these commanders decides there are -- it should remain closed to women the secretary of defense must sign off. Come on Bradley ABC news Washington.

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