Lawsuit Filed to Overturn Ban on Women in Combat

Lawsuit Filed to Overturn Ban on Women in Combat

RICHMOND, Va. - Two female Army Reserve officers have sued the U.S. Department of Defense and the Army in a bid to reverse military policies banning women from serving in combat roles.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia accuses the government of violating the constitutional rights of servicewomen by excluding them from certain ground combat units and other positions on the basis of their gender.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jane Baldwin and Col. Ellen Haring allege the policies have hindered their career advancement.

The lawsuit names Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and two other officials. There was no immediate comment from the Defense Department.

Earlier this month the Army implemented a new policy that allows female officers and non-commissioned officers to be assigned to combat units below the brigade level. The change is expected to open up about 14,000 new jobs for women.

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