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Topic - Vee Penrod
The Pentagon announced Thursday that it is keeping its longtime ban on women serving as infantry, armor and special operations warriors in ground combat units, but it will open 14,000 support positions for them in units closer to the front lines.
"The current standards that exist for infantry all men cannot meet those standards," Ms. Penrod said. "If the majority of women cannot serve in that [mission occupational specialty], the service secretary may restrict that [specialty]. That is with the Army."
Vee Penrod, deputy undersecretary for military personnel policy, said it is because the majority of women cannot meet the physical standards for Army infantry units.