This isn’t exactly aviation related, but it is noteworthy. A senior defense official at the Pentagon announced that the US Department of Defense will be allowing women to serve in direct combat. Currently women are not allowed to serve as infantrymen, or Special Forces soldiers and Navy SEALs etc.
“I can confirm media reports that the Secretary and the Chairman are expected to announce the lifting of the direct combat exclusion rule for women in the military. This policy change will initiate a process whereby the services will develop plans to implement this decision, which was made by the Secretary of Defense upon the recommendation of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” a senior defense official says.
Women have been allowed to fly combat aircraft since the 1990s and have been doing quite well at it. They’re also on US Navy surface warships and are being integrated onboard submarines. Women have also de facto been fighting in direct combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
It’s about time the Pentagon recognized this–fair is fair. If someone is best qualified to do a particular job, then let them have that job–I have zero tolerance for any sort of discrimination. I bid the Defense Department welcome to the 21st Century.