Obama supports Pentagon decision to allow women serve in combat

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:24pm EST

1 of 2. Specialist Joanne Read, of the U.S. Army's Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, First Armored Division, helps unload a resupply truck at Command Outpost AJK (short for Azim-Jan-Kariz - a near-by village) in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, January 24, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama fully supports the Pentagon's decision to lift a ban on women serving in frontline combat roles, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Thursday.

Ahead of the Pentagon's formal announcement later on Thursday, Carney told reporters Obama is "very pleased" with the decision and "fully supports this effort to expand opportunities for women."

Carney said the recommendation emerged from military commanders, although Obama had discussed it with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others.

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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dougmarrs wrote:
sometimes, people are too interested in being politically correct-just wait til til one of our units gets overrun and troops are being captured–not to mention a few women-look what happened to the phillipine women or the women during the fall of germany-or during the norths invasion of south korea-they were raped-not once, but often- or wait til the caskets come home with the girls face blown off–what is wrong w/that decision!!!! think–it may have been make because the american man no longer feels the need to give two years of military service to his country- he likes being free w/o having to serve-therefore, the women are stepping forward-industry better start making mansize aprons and made for men cook books-is this the start of reverse roles-i gave almost 30 yrs in the army airborne w/three tours in viet-nam-it was tough being in the jungle 5 to 6 week smelling your buddy–i already know i’d been unable to tolerate a smelly woman—i would need immediate relief–shoot me now!!!

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