Some say it’s overdue, others doubt the long-term viability of women as spec-ops warriors. Regardless what Americans may feel, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has decided to move forward on expanding a woman’s role in combat. According to the Associated Press Hagel has ordered the armed forces to start implementing women into spec-ops training as soon as 2015.
The Army looks to be the first by placing females into Ranger training while others continue to plan. Still naval expeditionary forces don’t seem to be concerned on waiting on results. In an effort to put women such as Chief Petty Officer Patricia Cooper to work, who completed the Navy’s rigorous Riverine Combat Skills Course last fall, female sailors might be on riverine patrols as soon as next month.