Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's decision Thursday to lift a ban on women serving in combat roles overturns a 1994 rule barring women from small ground-combat units, opening 238,000 positions to female service members who currently fill mostly support roles. Women will now be allowed to serve in infantry, artillery, armor, combat engineers and special operations units of battalion size or smaller. The military has until 2016 to argue for any posts it thinks should remain closed to women.
Here is a look at women in the Military:
AP, MCT. Changes for women in the military: An infographic detailing changes in the U.S. military. IMAGE