Army Mulls Women in Combat Arms Units

The Army is studying whether to open combat arms units to female Soldiers, the Army’s top officer said Jan. 6.

“We’re looking at revising the policy,” Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told a breakfast gathering of the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Va. “We’ve had some work going on for a while, and that’ll double back up to the secretary, I would think, in the next couple of months.”

Women are currently barred from infantry, armor and Special Forces branches, Casey said. He did not say whether the Army is considering opening up all three areas to women, but he did say the study looked at the possibility of women in infantry.

Army Mulls Women in Combat Arms Units

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