New Positions Open for Women in the Military

By KBJR News 1

January 25, 2013 Updated Jan 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A major move today as the pentagon opened up more options for women serving in the military.

A few things have changed for women especially those in the Army and Marines.

The Pentagon ended a twenty year ban on women serving in U-S military combat units, which will open up over 230 thousand new jobs for women.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said that if women are qualified then they should have the right to serve.

These positions include infantry, field artillery and armor as well as positions on the front lines.

The Minnesota National Guard has about 16% of its soldiers who are women.

However, physical standards remain the same.

"The female soldiers I work with on a daily basis are perfectly capable of doing whatever they set their minds to. There's no limitations," said Army Lt. Matt Vatter.

Over 150 women have been killed in combat since the war in Iraq.

There is some opposition to the uplifting of the ban.

Some are saying that the living conditions provide no separations between sexes and could put them in an awkward situation.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.