Today Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense, announced that women were now going to be eligible (albeit gradually) for combat positions in the United States military. This opens a wider variety of positions that can offer women better wages, benefits and skills. This decision is monumental because women, in most instances, can now be treated as equals in the military and not be discriminated against based on outdated notions of us being too delicate for combat.
The bad news is that the rate of sexual assault in the military and the service acadamies is apallingly high and needs to be addressed. Hopefully as women become more integrated into the military as equals this problem will become less prevalent.
Big steps for the military, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and now women eligible for combat. Times certainly are slowly changing — maybe we can finally catch up to Europe.