ABC News: Pentagon to Allow Women in Combat

January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM EDT

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ABC News: Pentagon to Allow Women in Combat

January 23, 2013 Updated Jan 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM EDT

(ABC News) According to a report from ABC News, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will announce the end of a longstanding ban on women serving in combat.

According to the ABC News report:

The services have until this May to come up with a plan to implement the change, according to a Defense Department official.

That means the changes could come into effect as early as May. The services will have until January 2016 to complete the implementation of the changes.

The military services will also have until January 2016 to seek waivers for certain jobs -- but those waivers will require a personal approval from the secretary of defense and will have to be based on rationales other than the direct combat exclusion rule.

Read the entire ABC News report HERE.