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Ash Carter

Gender equality in the military

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter's decision this week to allow women to serve in all the nation's combat units marked a milestone in the U.S. military's efforts toward making its forces more inclusive and representative of the nation. It was also an overdue recognition of the fact that women in the military have long served under fire in the nation's wars, past and present, and that their service has earned them the right to the same opportunities for promotion and career advancement as men.

The announcement opens the way for female soldiers to serve in the nation's most elite military units, including the Army Special Forces, the Navy SEALS and other Special Operations units,...