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A real life GI Jane could be just a few years away.
The Defense Department plans to start allowing women in combat roles including elite army Rangers and Navy SEALs.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin tonight on tearing down a glass ceiling on the battlefield.
The Pentagon took another step closer to opening thousands of front line combat positions to women today.
Laying the ground work for women to enter the army Rangers and Navy SEALs but some hurdles remain.
This summer the Marines plan to test 400 male and 400 female Marines to find a way to screen recruits and ensure that those -- combat can succeed.
In carrying out 250 physically demanding tasks.
The special operations community says physical differences are their biggest concern.
-- -- -- Qualified.
You know there's just there's a new dynamic I mean that the days around the world.
In January -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed an order saying women must have the same opportunities as men in the military.
Jobs in combat previously closed to women.
Right means we maintain combat effective units.
Across a total force and we don't set our female Marines held for failure quite frankly I was encouraged by just sort of physical.
-- performance of some of the young girls commanders have until Tony sixteen to make these changes or request an exemption from the Defense Secretary.
For special operators such as Navy SEALs and army Rangers.
I'm not comfortable to turn -- group.
We have standards committee equate to -- operation we Carmen.
On about what our mission is different source standards are different critics say the rush to integrate will hurt military readiness.
There's no way this can work.
And why are they doing it not to improve combat effectiveness it's only to advance diversity metrics that's the president's agenda.
We have some genuine concerns it must be addressed.
At this point no decisions have been made.
One concern even among women's advocates is that only a few women are likely to make the cut in the toughest commando units like the seals and Rangers.
Making them isolated and less likely to succeed Shannon.
Jennifer thank you.
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