Friday, January 25, 2013

Colonel (ret) Martha McSally's statement on Pentagon lifting combat ban for women

For Immediate Release

January 23, 2013

Tucson, AZ - Martha McSally's comments on today's announcement by the Pentagon removing combat restrictions on women:

"I applaud the Pentagon's decision today to finally remove all restrictions on women serving in the U.S. military. This long overdue move will no longer disqualify all women from over 230,000 positions in uniform simply because of their gender. Women have proven themselves in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan and are crucial to the current fight. The new policy will increase efficiency and effectiveness of our nation's fighting force and will increase the flexibility of commanders in the field to do their missions.

The archaic 1994 combat exclusion policy was out of date and out of touch with the realities of combat and women's performance in combat. I am confident that military leaders will set the proper standards for physical strength, aptitude, intellect, leadership, and all the other qualities required for our combat forces and develop a gender-blind and meritocratic assignment and promotion system. Finally, the U.S. military can recruit from 100% of its population to ensure we pick the best man for every job defending America...even if she is a woman."

Martha McSally

(520) 488-9286

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