General Sir Peter Wall, who will lead the armed forces review into whether to lift the ban on women serving in combat roles, has said the key issue in determining the outcome would be the "delivery of operational effectiveness".
The review into whether to lift the bar on women joining the infantry and the Royal Armoured Corps was brought forward by Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.
The Ministry of Defence had been required to review its existing policy on the deployment of women by 2018 under EU equality laws.
More top news
A group of soldiers has broken an Antarctica record by becoming the first all-female team to cross the continent using only muscle power.
Gunmen have attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul with casualties feared.
The Grammy-winning singer posted a picture of the two on his Instagram saying the two got engaged right before the new year.