Women will soon be allowed to serve in combat, according to senior defense officials.
Those officials say the military's 1994 ban on women serving in combat is being lifted by Pentagon chief Leon Panetta. The ban prevents women from serving in smaller ground combat units. Without the ban, hundreds of thousands of front-line positions will now be available to females.
Military services have until January of 2016 to ask for exemptions to the ban for positions from which they believe women should be kept.
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