US Military Opens All Roles to Women

First Female RN Clearance DiverThe US Secretary of Defence, Ash Carter, has announced that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception.

For the first time in US military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary stated that women will be able to contribute to the Defence Department mission with no barriers at all in their way.

“They’ll be allowed to drive tanks, fire mortars and lead infantry Soldiers into combat,” Carter added. “They’ll be able to serve as Army Rangers and Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Marine Corps infantry, Air Force parajumpers, and everything else that was previously open only to men.”

It will be interesting to see if the MOD follows the US lead. It will also be interesting to see a real Lt Jordan O’Neil (aka Demi Moore in G.I. Jane, released in 1997).


Pellerin, C. (2015) SecDef Opens all Military Occupations to Women. Available from World Wide Web: [Accessed: 04 December, 2015].


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