The U.S. Military is lifting one of it's final gender barriers,
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the ban today on women serving in combat groups.
Just a few weeks before Leon Panetta steps down as defense secretary, he's made a game changing decision,
"General Dempsey and I are pleased to announce that we are eliminating the direct ground combat exclusion rule for women and we are moving forward with a plan to eliminate all unnecessary gender based barriers to service."
Since 1994, women have been excluded from combat zones.
But since recent Wars on Terror have no defined boundaries, female soldiers have been serving in hostile environments and they've been excelling according to Major Lyon of the Florida National Guard,
"I have personally served as a company commander in combat and I have put in awards for females doing some amazing work and finding themselves in some very dangerous situations already.
But Major Lyon admits there will be an adjustment period,
It's going to be tough to see how its going to be implemented for all regards because change by virtue of nature is sometimes tough especially when you are working with such a large organization."
Panetta, on the other hand, believes all soldiers should be allowed to excel, regardless of gender,
"If members of our military can meet the qualifications for a job and let me be clear, I'm not talking about reducing the qualifications of the job, if they can meet the qualifications for the job, then they should have the right to serve regardless of creed or color or gender or sexual orientation."
Panetta has set a tentative date of January 2016 for women to be integrated it combat units.