Locals disagree on women in combat

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former US Army General Russel Honore says he does not agree with the new Pentagon policy allowing women to fight in combat. "It appeared that this movement in Washington may not be centered on the needs of the military," Honore tells 9News.

"As much as it's centered on to demonstrate how progressive we are in our approach. There's going to be missions and units that may not be necessarily enhanced with women on the missions of these small isolated infantry closed combat special operations."

The Pentagons move opens up 200,000 jobs for females, mostly in the army and marines. Mindy Stewart is a former US Army soldier, she was stationed in Germany much of her career. "So weather you're in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marines, females have been in combat operations. So give the distinction, I'm 100 percent for that," Stewart says.

The changes will not occur over night. The new policy will be phased in over the next three years.

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