Earlier today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey announced that the military would lift its longtime ban on women serving in combat roles, opening tens of thousands of jobs to female troops. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) released the following statement:
"Today's announcement from the Pentagon honors the service and contributions of thousands of American servicewomen who have faced dangerous combat situations over the course of their deployment. Going forward, women will finally have parity in the opportunities available to them when it comes to serving their country. After more than a decade of war, this momentous announcement means that so many women who have already served or are serving in combat situations will finally receive the recognition they've earned. It also means that another barrier for women has fallen and young women who aspire to a military career can set any goal they can envision. I'm proud that President Obama and his administration have once again chosen to recognize women and the importance of gender equality in the 21st century."