Women in Combat
Are you a woman who wants to serve in a combat arms unit and is blocked by the combat exclusion rules?
The ACLU has long fought for the rights of women servicemembers. For decades, the ACLU has worked to end the combat exclusion policies that prevent women from serving alongside their fellow servicemen. The ACLU brought successful litigation to expand women’s opportunities for service in the Navy, and we lobbied Congress to remove restrictions on women’s combat service.
In recent years, the military has opened up many positions to women, including on submarines. But the combat exclusion policies still bar women from being assigned to serve in direct ground combat units below the brigade level, with few exceptions. The experiences of the past decade, in two wars with no “front lines,” show that women are exposed to combat and have what it takes to perform under fire.
We’d like to hear from you if you are in the military and want to serve in a combat arms unit, or know women who are blocked from being assigned to a combat arms unit by the exclusion policies.
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