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Ashton Carter to Make January Decision on Women in Combat Jobs | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Ashton Carter to Make January Decision on Women in Combat Jobs

Military branches will have to wait until January of next year before learning if females will be allowed to work in direct combat jobs. Ashton Carter, Defense Secretary, said recently that he has received reports from all branches concerning the issue, but will not decide on what action to take until early 2016.

In the meantime, he says that he will take input from service secretaries as well as from service chiefs. He also reported that he needs more input from Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as Dunford moves from being the Commandant of the Marines Corp to his new positions as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The new Marine Corp Commandant is Marine Gen. Robert Neller.

WomenCarter has already told the Pentagon that the various services will need to convince him to not institute the new policy. The proposed policy of allowing women into combat jobs was first brought up in 2013 by Leon Panetta who was Defense Secretary at that time. The Panetta proposal would open all MOS’s to women, including billets in armor, infantry, and artillery.

Carter recently said: “As I said before, everyone who is able and willing to serve and can meet the standards we require should have the full opportunity to do so.”

While he says that he has received the various reports, he has not said publicly what each report contains other than none of them contain any specific recommendations. He did say, however, that one thing he is most interested in seeing in the near future from the various branches is how each would implement changes if changes are made.

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Robert Partain

Robert Partain has been a professional writer for over 25 years. He spent ten years on active duty in the Army working as a medic and training NCO. While he covers any topic associated with military life, he specializes in writing about legislation that can affect active duty service members and veterans. Robert currently lives in the small town of Arab, Alabama.
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