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Americans favor women in combat roles, poll says

Marine Female in CombatThe majority of Americans support the Pentagon’s decision to lift its ban on women serving in front lines. Of 1,000 Americans surveyed, 59 percent said they were in favor of the rule that was announced by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta last week, according to Rasmussen Reports.

Respondents also said they believe women should have to undergo the same rigorous training that men must complete in order to qualify to fight in combat roles or in specialized groups like the Navy SEALs or the Green Berets, which is consistent with the military’s new standards.

The Department of Defense admitted last week that women have realistically been serving on the front lines, flying Blackhawk helicopters and serving in other roles traditionally held by men for more than a decade. The new announcement just makes their status in the military official.

The lift on the ban also had one unforeseen consequences, however. Women between the ages of 18 – 25 will be now be forced to sign up for the sign up for the draft if one is ever reinstated.

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