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January 23rd, 2013
09:42 PM ET

Pentagon to lift ban on women on the front lines

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will announce a phased-in lifting of the ban on women serving in combat positions in all branches of the armed forces.

That move could open up 230,000 front line jobs to women in the military.

Outfront tonight: Rosa Brooks, columnist for Foreign Policy and has worked in the Pentagon under the Obama Administration. And CNN contributor David Frum, former speech writer for President George W. Bush.

BREAKING NEWS: Military to open combat jobs to women

The U.S. military is ending its policy of excluding women from combat and will open combat jobs and direct combat units to female troops, CNN has learned. Multiple officials confirm to CNN that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will make the announcement tomorrow and notify Congress of the planned change in policy.

“We will eliminate the policy of ‘no women in units that are tasked with direct combat,’” a senior defense official says.

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