In what is proving to be another landmark victory, the United States Department of Defense, made a historic decision to lift the military’s ban on women serving in front-line combat roles.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women serving in combat, in a surprising decision.
The ban, put in place in 1994, prevented women from serving in infantry, armor or special operation units whose job was to engage in front line combat. Women have made up about 2 percent of the casualties from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where there are few clearly defined front lines.
The move knocks down another societal barrier after the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was repealed in 2011 allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.
Officials at the Pentagon will make the repeal official later Thursday.