January 24, 2013
Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Sept. 2012 at Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan.
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Women in the military must have the same opportunities as men to take on grueling and dangerous combat jobs, whether loading 50-pound artillery shells or joining commando raids to take out terrorists, defense leaders declared Thursday as they ordered a quarter-million positions open to service members regardless of gender.
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