This is a press release from the White House on women in combat. It is presented unedited here:
by moving to open more military positions—including ground combat units—to
women, our armed forces have taken another historic step toward harnessing the
talents and skills of all our citizens. This milestone reflects the
courageous and patriotic service of women through more than two centuries of
American history and the indispensable role of women in today’s military.
Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, including more than 150 women who have
given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan—patriots whose sacrifices show that
valor knows no gender.
today I called Secretary of Defense Panetta to express my strong support for
this decision, which will strengthen our military, enhance our readiness, and
be another step toward fulfilling our nation’s founding ideals of fairness and
equality. I congratulate our military, including the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, for the rigor that they have brought to this process. As Commander
in Chief, I am absolutely confident that—as with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell’—the professionalism of our armed forces will ensure a smooth
transition and keep our military the very best in the world.
Today, every American can be proud that our military will grow even stronger
with our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters playing a greater role in
protecting this country we love."
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.
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