The Army opened up 33,000 jobs to women in 132 military occupational specialties supporting direct ground combat units, including medic, Black Hawk pilot, geospatial engineer and paralegal specialist.
The Air Force, which has fewer than 5,000 positions closed to women in special operations, says it is moving toward allowing women in all of them. The only roadblock is the service must work in consultation with U.S. Special Operations Command and the Army because of joint operations. The Air Force expects full integration sometime in 2018.
Now is an excellent time for women to serve their country while engaging in careers that are very meaningful to them. Check with local recruiters to find more detailed information on joining the elite U.S. Armed Forces.
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Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.