Should women serve on the front lines?
By REBECCA CHAISSON
Daily News Editor
Should women serve on the front lines? A federal lawsuit filed by four service members earlier this week challenges the Pentagon’s longstanding policy barring women from serving in direct combat positions. The 1994 combat exclusion policy bars women from being assigned to ground combat units, which are smaller and considered more dangerous since they are often in the thick of battle for longer periods of time than the other units. Supporters of lifting the ban say women are already being wounded or killed in war, and the policy keeps them from being recognized for their battleground experience, which could lead to promotions and higher pay. Opponents question whether women are physically capable of handling the rigors of being assigned to ground combat units.
Jennings Daily News readers sounded off on the issue, with mixed feelings about allowing women to serve on the front lines:
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