BREAKING: Military will open all combat jobs to women, Defense secretary announces
WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Thursday said... All U.S. military combat jobs, including infantry units, will be open to women beginning next year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday.

“Carter said the decision was part of his commitment to build a force of the future. The ban will be lifted in 30 days, he said, and the services have until April 1 to accommodate women in all roles.

The armed services had been given a Dec. 31 deadline to allow women into all of its units, including elite special operations ground combat position, or to request a waiver. Those exceptions had to be backed by data showing why women would not be able to accomplish the necessary tasks.

Carter acknowledged that the Marines asked for some exceptions, Carter said, “but we are a joint force.”

“​There will be no exceptions,” Carter said.

Carter’s decision comes almost three years after his predecessor Leon Panettaannounced that he had lifted the two-decade ban that prevented women from most combat jobs.

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Rand Paul Introduces Amendment to End Draft

Rand Paul’s amendment would completely end the compulsory draft.

Written by Jacqueline Klimas for the Washington Examiner:

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has introduced an amendment to the Senate’s fiscal 2017 defense policy bill that would do away with the draft entirely.

The draft has played a major role in debate of this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, the first considered by Congress since the ban on women serving in combat was lifted late last year.

The House Armed Services Committee voted to add all women ages 18-26 to the Selective Service, but the provision was later stripped out in the full House. The House version of the bill still includes a requirement from Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, that would require the Defense Department to look at whether a draft is even still needed. …

Here are some other amendments the Senate could consider: …

Paul introduced an amendment that would allow troops to carry either open or concealed firearms on military bases if the laws in the state where the base is located allow it.

Paul introduced another amendment to declassify the 28 pages of the 9/11 report that some suspect implicates Saudi Arabia in the 9/11 attack.

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