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Learn more about the defense department's plan to allow women to serve on the front lines including requirements that they would have to meet in order to join the elite special forces.
Operations Peter he's he's live in -- -- mean that women could become Navy SEALs perhaps Peter or army Rangers at some point.
It -- does Martha the Pentagon is going to announce their plan later on today to tentatively.
Let women begin training to become army Rangers and about two years July 2015 and let -- start training as Navy SEALs.
The following march in the first part of 26 -- this.
If you move wouldn't just put women -- -- be Rangers and seals on the front lines they would still need to meet all the same very difficult mental and physical requirements that the -- they train alongside.
The AP is reporting that female officers may be the first to join the special forces to support younger women who follow them later on and this is an idea the former secretary of defense Leon Panetta endorsed before he retired.
-- life as we all know.
There are no guarantees of success.
He's going to be able to be a combat soldier.
Is entitled to a chance.
The current secretary of defense Chuck -- as telling military leaders to take the next year and figure out some new standards that would allow women to become members of the special forces if for some reason before they're July 2014 deadline those people at the Pentagon working on new standards find some new research or something.
That suggests the armed forces would be harmed by letting women work -- special operators and its entire plane could go in the recycling bin but for now the highest levels of the military want to see.
If they can make it work mark.
And we now remember when peoples and women couldn't cut edit West Point.
Or in Annapolis so we'll see how this program.
Works so also it may require some changes in the way that the military deals with the sexual assault that has been rampant in some cases within its ranks Peter.
And -- the Pentagon has already been trying to make it easier to report sexual assault ever since last year's numbers revealed.
An estimated 26000.
Sexual assaults within the ranks that was -- 23.
Percent increase from the year before we know that of those confirmed cases -- 88%.
Of the victims were women.
Back to you hi Peter thank you very much.
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