Pentagon chief Leon Panetta plans to remove the ban on women serving in combat, according to an Associated Press report.
The move "overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units."
The decision will not go into effect immediately, it was reported.
Read the full report here.
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