Ban lifted for women in combat roles - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Ban lifted for women in combat roles

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta annouced he is lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles.

The history-making decision to lift a 20-year ban on women fighting in battlefields puts them right in the line of fire.

"With females, if they're going to be placed in those types of situations, then they're going to have to do exactly what anybody whose defending themselves would have to do or defending others," Alyssia Shaw, YSU Veterans Affairs student employee.

While it's recognized everyone can meet the qualifications to be a combat soldier-- both genders are now eligible for the chance.

Youngstown State University Veterans Affairs office student employee, Antwan Davis, says many women are ready,were trained along side him while serving 5 years overseas in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We have females that are in units, every unit has a mission and your mission might be to drive trucks, if you drive a truck and your vehicle is hit by an IED, I mean, the IED doesn't determine the gender," Davis said.

More than 200,000 elite commando positions will be created for women with this measure.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Ohio offers extra hunting days for mourning doves

    Ohio offers extra hunting days for mourning doves

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:45 PM EDT2014-07-27 17:45:29 GMT
    Ohio will allow extra days for hunting mourning doves this year.More >>
    Ohio will allow extra days for hunting mourning doves this year.
    More >>
  • Ohio authorities say 2 killed in small plane crash

    Ohio authorities say 2 killed in small plane crash

    Sunday, July 27 2014 1:38 PM EDT2014-07-27 17:38:30 GMT
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio say two people have been killed in an overnight small plane crash. The Hancock County sheriff's office says the crash apparently occurred at about 1 a.m. EDT Sunday. Investigators were still at the scene Sunday and little other information was available immediately. The plane crashed near a county road just northeast of the city of Findlay. The city has a small general aviation airport, but authorities were still investigating where the plan...More >>
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio say two people have been killed in an overnight small plane crash. The Hancock County sheriff's office says the crash apparently occurred at about 1 a.m. EDT Sunday. Investigators were still at the scene Sunday and little other information was available immediately. The plane crashed near a county road just northeast of the city of Findlay. The city has a small general aviation airport, but authorities were still investigating where the plan...More >>
  • Cincinnati man wins grueling, 135-mile foot race

    Cincinnati man wins grueling, 135-mile foot race

    A Cincinnati man has won what is widely considered the most grueling race in all of running.More >>
    A Cincinnati man has won what is widely considered the most grueling race in all of running.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms