US Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has announced that the Pentagon has plans to open combat roles to women in the US military.
“They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry soldiers into combat. They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers and everything else that was previously open only to men” he said during a news conference.
"As long as they qualify and meet the standards, women will now be able to contribute to our mission in ways they could not before.”
"They'll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars [and] lead infantry soldiers into combat" he added.
Meanwhile, Nancy Duff Campbell of the National Women's Law Centre issued a statement about this new policy in US military saying it was a "thrilling day for women serving in the military, and for women across the country."
The White House administration also supported the Pentagon’s new policy to integrate the military.
“As commander-in-chief, I know that this change, like others before it, will again make our military even stronger,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.
Some 220,000 military jobs are still closed to women in the US army.
Women already serve such countries such as Canada and Israel, but the percentage of this in NATO countries is very low.