In a historic decision, the Pentagon has decided to open up all positions including frontline combat roles to women, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has announced.
"We cannot afford to cut ourselves off from half the country's talents and skills. We have to take full advantage of every individual who can meet our standards," Carter told reporters at a Pentagon news conference, on Thursday.
Over the years, in particular during the last seven years of Obama Administration, armed forces were gradually opened up for women. However, approximately 10% of positions in the military currently remain closed to women, including infantry, armor, reconnaissance, and some special operations units.