WASHINGTON (AP) _ American women will be able to serve in combat, under a policy change being implemented by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Senior defense officials say Panetta is going ahead with the move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
It overturns a rule that prohibited women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. The decision could open more than 230,000 jobs -- many in Army and Marine infantry units -- to women. Some of the jobs may open as soon as this year.