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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.

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