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KIMT News 3 – It’s an opportunity commonly reserved for men but today women of the armed forces say they’re proud to hear, changes are on the way.
According to Washington reports, women may now be able to start training as U.S. Army Rangers by 2015 and as Navy Commandos a year later.
That means 237,000 jobs are now going to be open for women, that weren’t available before.
“When we deploy we get trained in those kind of positions. A lot of them are already playing the role of that so I believe that they should be given that opportunity if they meet all the qualifications,” said Katy Wise of the Iowa Army National Guard.
Katy serves as a member of the Iowa Army National Guard and says that while she is in favor of the opportunity, there is still a lot of proving to be done.
“I think it goes back to the standards. If the female can meet the standards that men can, why not give them that opportunity to do that job and be in a combat arms unit,” said Wise.
The initiative to bring more women into combat jobs has some excited for the chance, and war veterans say they understand times are changing.
“Well if they’re gonna be equal, there gonna be right there with you. It’ll be a different kind of war,” said Jim Bonner of Clear Lake.
Jim Bonner is a Korean War Veteran and says that his opinion on women in the armed forces has changed since he served, but like others, it’s under one condition.
“I think if they get the training and they get all ready for it. Pass the test. Go. Cause you take that Ranger training and Seal training it’s tough,” said Bonner.
Katy says, just give us a chance.
“Don’t judge before, it’s actually been in place. Give it time to see how everything happens. It could be a great thing and just like anything, it could be a bad thing. Just give women the opportunity to prove themselves to show that they can serve in the combat arm units,” said Wise.