As part of its growing effort to open up more jobs to women, the Army will begin an assessment this month of certain exceptions to the Direct Ground Combat Assignment Rule for female soldiers. The analysis will cover six specialties that were previously unavailable to women due to their proximity to combat troops, according to the Army's official website.
By removing the co-location exception, the Army will now allow women to fill 10 officer specialties and a number of other enlisted positions across the branch, totaling about 755 employment opportunities. Some experts say this move is a smart one, especially given the integral role female soldiers played in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"This war, more than any, has shaped and informed our views on opening the aperture for women, based on what they're actually doing, what they've actually achieved," Brig. Gen. Barrye L. Price told the website.
The assessment is expected to begin on May 14 and will take place at a number of locations including Fort Carson, Fort Hood and Fort Knox. The move comes after the military ruled women can serve at the battalion level, which puts them one step closer to the front line, according to CBN.com