SP Weekly Special Report: Women in combat

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Week of February 18th

In the wake of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s decision to lift the ban on women serving on the front lines, numerous questions have emerged about a woman’s ability to respond in a combat situation.

Executive Officer for ASU’s Sun Devil Battalion, Major Michelle Bravo, feels this legislation is a good opportunity for women who wish to join, but believes there are some lingering concerns.

SP Weekly sits down with ROTC cadets Melanie Marks and Kelli Joubert, to see how this decision affects them.

Women are not new to the military. For almost 100 years they have proven themselves to be just as vital as men on and off the battlefield. Though this new legislation brings about more opportunities for females, it does not mean that women are more capable now than they have been in the past.

KEEP WATCHING: Captain Jason Mammoser of the ASU Sun Devil Battalion reflects about women on the frontline.

Woman and Combat

Cadets Melanie Marks and Kelli Joubert at ASU Sun Devil Stadium.