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House Tightens Rule on Women in Combat

Thursday, 12 May 2005 12:00 AM

The provision adopted Wednesday by the House Armed Services personnel subcommittee is aimed at new combat support companies as the Army restructures units, according to Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), subcommittee chairman.

The Army bans women from direct combat roles. In Iraq today, women assigned to combat support companies in the 3rd Infantry Division are not allowed to accompany their units when they deploy to the front lines, reports ArmyTimes.com.

But NewsMax Magazine revealed in the special report "GI Jane at War" that an unprecedented number of female soldiers – more than 30 - had died while in combat, and more have died since the edition went to press.

The new Republican-backed provision seeks to further reduce the likelihood that female service members could wind up in combat.

But the provision apparently does not address the issue of the Pentagon using women soldiers in combat-related units – putting them in harm's way while directly violating existing rules that prohibit such deployments.

The Congressional action doesn't close any military occupational specialty to women that isn't already closed, according to McHugh. Of the 17,000 military women now serving in Iraq, just 31 are in assignments that would be closed to them if the measure becomes law, he said.

Those could be women assigned to combat support companies in maintenance, supply or food service positions, committee aides explained.

But Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.) believes the provision could also ban women from medical, combat engineer and military police fields, potentially affecting thousands of women in the Army.

Top Army leaders have opposed the measure, saying it would cause "confusion in the ranks" in the middle of a war.

But committee chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said: "The American people have never wanted to have women in combat and this reaffirms that policy."

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