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St. Louis Public Radio: Blunt - Women On Front Lines "Inevitable"


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by Chris McDaniel

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri praised the Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women serving in combat.

The changes, announced Thursday, will not happen overnight. All services branches are supposed to come up with plans by mid-May for integrating women into combat positions.

Blunt, a Republican, called the decision "inevitable."

"Not every woman will want to be part of the forward combat units, nor does every man," Blunt told reporters in a conference call Thursday. "Nor will every woman meet the physical rigors of some of the units, nor does every man. I probably think it's going to work out just fine."

Blunt, who was recently appointed to the Armed Services Committee, said he doesn't see women having to register in the selective service system in the near future. But he added that he doesn't see a draft coming anytime soon.

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