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Breaking the Brass Ceiling: An Important Step Forward

Truman Project and Center for National Policy

Last Thursday afternoon, in what will prove a historical turning point, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff announced the end of the prohibitions against women serving in military combat units. The end to the “ground combat exclusion” marks the end to policies that did not reflect the reality of the modern battlefield.

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