Congressman says “there’s a lot of questions that need to be ans - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Congressman says “there’s a lot of questions that need to be answered” on women in combat

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the military would lift its ban on women serving in combat roles.

The change overturns a 1994 rule restricting women from serving in infantry units, and although the decision has been made and does not require the approval of congress, Congressman Steven Palazzo believes there are still many more questions that need to be answered, especially by the service chiefs.

"Women have been in combat zones, women have been hurt, women have been killed, but at the end of the day it's going to be a question of how far do we go down the military occupational specialties," said Palazzo. "They've proven themselves beyond a doubt, and yet I'm looking forward to seeing, you know, the statistics and hearing from the service chiefs. I think there's a lot of questions that need to be answered, I'm looking forward to the conversations going forth because the main thing to me is we have to make sure that we can maintain three things, that's recruitment, retention, and readiness, and that's what's important and I think I'm looking forward to hearing what the service chiefs have to say."

Not every woman who applies for a combat role will be given an opportunity, but the change is expected to open 230,000 front-line positions to women.

Copyright 2013 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Hattiesburg contracts company to help promote within fire department

    Hattiesburg contracts company to help promote within fire department

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 11:08 PM EST2018-02-21 04:08:44 GMT
    The City of Hattiesburg will have the help of Texas-based company for promotional testing.  Source: WDAM.The City of Hattiesburg will have the help of Texas-based company for promotional testing. Source: WDAM.

    The City of Hattiesburg will now turn to a Texas company to help promote individuals within the fire department.

    More >>

    The City of Hattiesburg will now turn to a Texas company to help promote individuals within the fire department.

    More >>
  • Charges filed against Petal student who made social media threats

    Charges filed against Petal student who made social media threats

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:58 PM EST2018-02-21 03:58:44 GMT
    Student responsible for threat charged. (Photo source: WDAM)Student responsible for threat charged. (Photo source: WDAM)

    Petal schools have found the middle school student responsible for making dangerous threats on social media to harm students. That student has been charged. 

    More >>

    Petal schools have found the middle school student responsible for making dangerous threats on social media to harm students. That student has been charged. 

    More >>
  • WDAM has learned the Lumberton Police Chief suddenly resigned

    Lumberton police chief resigns

    Lumberton police chief resigns

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:54 PM EST2018-02-21 03:54:49 GMT
    Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. (Photo source: WDAM)Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. (Photo source: WDAM)

    WDAM has learned Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. Flynt was appointed as the city's police chief back in September 2017. According to the Lumberton Police Department, Flynt recently put in his resignation.

    More >>

    WDAM has learned Lumberton Police Chief Shane Flynt has suddenly resigned. Flynt was appointed as the city's police chief back in September 2017. According to the Lumberton Police Department, Flynt recently put in his resignation.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly