The past decade has seen women in the U.S. military serve valiantly on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the Pentagon will soon recommend to Congress that these Americans be allowed to serve in jobs closer to the front lines, according to defense officials.
The Associated Press reported that the new proposed rules are expected to continue to prevent women from serving as infantry, but would formally allow women to serve in other jobs at the battalion level. This type of position had been considered too close to combat until the current push by the Pentagon.
According to the news outlet, women have always been pushed to the front lines by necessity, either as medics, military police or intelligence officers. Though these brave Americans may have ended up in the thick of battle, the new rules would formalize their place closer to combat.
CBS News reported that the Pentagon noted that in Afghanistan and Iraq the U.S. has suffered 144 women killed in action and 853 wounded.