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-- -- and Leon Panetta.
In one of his last acts as Defense Secretary we'll make it official today.
But many say that really this announcement just confirms what's already happening on the ground Jennifer -- she's on the front -- the Pentagon every.
Good morning there what will this change.
If anything -- women in the military Jennifer.
Well essentially build this will open 230000.
Positions that had previously been.
Been -- that women in the military had not had access to -- we'll open those positions.
In the army and Marines in particular because those -- the front line infantry troops.
Secretary Panetta plans to make the announcement later today he will officially lift the ban that has been in place since 1994 -- women serving.
In the front lines again this will be thousands of positions that women had previously been denied access to.
The service chiefs have until January 2016 to seek exceptions to certain units.
Some of the special operations units for instance women who have been affected by the ban say that they were denied promotions as a result of the -- seminary is discriminatory policy over the years -- Jennifer women have for some time have contributed mightily to the war on terror they drive tanks.
They fly airplanes in the air force I think a lot of people don't recognize that.
What -- has been the reaction from women in the military on this decision.
Well remember women have been serving in Frontline positions in the last ten years mostly.
As helicopter pilot pilots as medics they have been serving valiantly.
But what this will change quite a bit and the ACLU and several service members women service members sued to have.
Positions in the infantry Frontline positions opened up they have welcomed this as have.
Both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill yesterday however one female marine who garnered attention late last year.
When she expressed concerns about this anticipated move.
Is captain Katie -- Franjo we interviewed her she served in front line positions in Iraq and Afghanistan and wrote in the Marine Corps times get over it we are not all created equal.
I found that I broke down.
-- had muscle atrophy and weight loss at a much at a faster rate then and noticeable -- than my male Marines I found myself tripping.
Constantly in my legs buckling.
Falling during fire -- So this is going to be a debate.
Here in the military among the elite units as to whether.
Whether women will be able to be as physically.
Strong for some of those special operations teams in particular and some of those elite marine units.
But secretary Panetta and chairman of -- joint chiefs Martin Dempsey will make the announcement later today and a joint chiefs are behind secretary Panetta on -- thank -- Jennifer Jennifer Griffin early with us today the Pentagon.
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