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>>

  • 6 hurt when truck hits Dairy Queen near Pittsburgh

    6 hurt when truck hits Dairy Queen near Pittsburgh

    Friday, July 25 2014 1:01 AM EDT2014-07-25 05:01:26 GMT
    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Authorities say six people were injured and a gas line was damaged after a truck crashed into a Dairy Queen in suburban Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said the incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday in Penn Hills. A witness tells the newspaper that she was able to help an employee get out through a window after a cash register fell onto her. That employee, the manager and four men in the truck were taken to hospitals. The newspaper says firefighters secur...More >>
    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Authorities say six people were injured and a gas line was damaged after a truck crashed into a Dairy Queen in suburban Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said the incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday in Penn Hills. A witness tells the newspaper that she was able to help an employee get out through a window after a cash register fell onto her. That employee, the manager and four men in the truck were taken to hospitals. The newspaper says firefighters secur...More >>
  • UPDATED

    Ohio State marching band director fired

    Ohio State marching band director fired

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:49 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:49:54 GMT
    Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues," some involving rituals where students were pressured to march in their underwear or participate in sexually themed stunts.More >>
    Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday amid allegations he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues," some involving rituals where students were pressured to march in their underwear or participate in sexually themed stunts.More >>
  • Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress

    Witness: Teen's plane didn't show obvious distress

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:38 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:38:16 GMT
    The family of an Indiana teenager who crashed in the Pacific Ocean during an around-the-world flight says he knew the risks and had prepared for them.More >>
    A man who saw a plane flown by an Indiana teen who was killed during an around-the-world flight attempt says the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off...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