Breaking News: Congress Addressing Women in Combat
Just got word: Congressional Republicans are finally moving to address the problems we’ve been highlighting with the new Army policy of assigning women to Forward Support Companies. I wrote about the FSC issue here. And the women in combat posts on one page can be found here.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Women soldiers in the U.S. Army would be barred from serving in combat support units under language added to a defense bill Wednesday. Proponents of the measure said it would affect only a small number of women, while opponents said over time, it would drastically alter the face of the modern army.
The amendment sponsored by Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel subcommittee, would prohibit women from combat support and combat service support units.
“The current policy does not serve women well,” said McHugh. “The current policy places them in a company and treats them as equal until it’s time to move forward and then they have to be left behind.”
The subcommittee voted along party lines to approve the amendment. The bill, setting Defense Department policy for next year, is expected to be debated by the full Armed Services Committee next week.
Full article from Newsday, here.