29 Sep '16, 2pm

Obama defends allowing women to serve in combat jobs

Visiting an Army base in Virginia, President Barack Obama offered a detailed rationale for his decision to allow women to serve in combat career fields, saying the new policy is making the military stronger despite concerns about the impact on individual combat units' readiness and performance. "As a consequence of women serving in our military and opening up what used to be closed situations to them, we've gained a lot of talent," Obama said, suggesting a positive impact on recruiting and retention of women. Obama spoke Wednesday during a town hall-style event at Fort Lee in Virginia. His remarks about women in combat came in response to a question from a female Marine officer who voiced concern for her husband, a Marine infantry officer who may be assigned to a gender-integrated combat unit. She specifically cited a Marine Corps-sponsored study that found women in combat...

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