According to staff at the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, is putting into action a removal of the ban on women serving in combat roles. At this time, infantry, special forces, and other frontline jobs in the military are men-only.
From Military Times:
Some jobs may open as soon as this year. Assessments for others, such as special operations forces, including Navy SEALS and the Army’s Delta Force, may take longer.
Panetta’s move expands the Pentagon’s action nearly a year ago to open about 14,500 combat positions to women, nearly all of them in the Army. This decision could open more than 230,000 jobs, many in Army and Marine infantry units, to women.
What do you think about women serving "in the trenches?"