Sen. Deb Fischer sees no reason for women not to serve in combat, if they meet military requirements.
It’s really a technical change, but the Pentagon has officially cleared the way for women to serve in combat.
“You know, I think it’s always good that we make sure that every person, every soldier, be able to advance and that also includes the military,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a recent conference call.
Fischer, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says women who meet military standards shouldn’t be held back just because of their gender.
“If a woman is able to meet those requirements, that woman should have that opportunity,” Fischer says.
The change is technical, because women have been serving in combat. Women make up 15% of the military in the United States and many have been fighting alongside men, especially in the latest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon reports 152 women have been killed in combat during the wars sparked by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]