- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Pentagon on Thursday announced that a change in policy allowing female troops to serve in ground combat units below the brigade level will take effect May 14.

The policy change, announced in February, allows 14,325 jobs to be open to women, including those at the battalion level with ground combat units.

“The services will continuously assess their experience with these exceptions to policy to help determine future changes to the assignment rules,” the Pentagon said.

Previously, women could serve at the brigade level. The change allows women to serve in smaller units closer to the battlefield.

Earlier this week, the Marine Corps Times reported that the Corps would open its three-month infantry officer training course to women this summer.

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