US military scraps women's combat ban

The US military has scrapped the 1994 policy which banned women from combat roles according to a Pentagon statement.

The White House has said that President Obama strongly supports the decision.

Cadets from the United States Military Academy
Cadets from the United States Military Academy Credit: Reuters

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US lifts women combat ban

The Pentagon has officially scrapped the military's ban imposed in 1994 on woman serving in front-line combat roles. The outgoing US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta will make a formally announcement later this evening.