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Military to Allow Women in Special Forces
HUBER HEIGHTS -- A barrier was broken Tuesday in the United States military. The Pentagon said women could be permitted to train for most combat roles within in three years.
Our Nicole Grigg sat down with a Huber Heights senior in the Wayne High School ROTC program with what this means for future opportunities.
Cadet Major Becky Goerling has a high rank in the extra-curricular activity made up mainly of boys.
"As we've matured all through high school, they've given me a lot more respect and understand my command style," she said.
She says she's never considered special forces.
"I've always known special forces up until recently, infantry and all those grunt or physical jobs, were more of a man's job, weren't really open to women," Goerling said.
Now she can have a chance. The Pentagon came out on Tuesday and said women will be able to start training in combat and special operation forces.
Right now more than 200,000 women are active duty in the military. By 2016 women could be Army Rangers or Navy SEALs.
Goerling says the decision carves out a new path for her and all other women.
"The playing field is a lot more even now, because everyone is getting the same opportunities," she said.
There are several concerns that have been brought up about the physical and mental demands special forces could put on women. And, if it would make sexual assaults go up in the military.
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