The US Pentagon is to announce it will lift a ban on women serving in frontline combat. The policy change will open up thousands of jobs to women who have been kept out from frontline positions and elite commandos.
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel plans to trim the US military to levels not seen in decades. The decision is a budget necessity, a reflection of modern warfare and a reflection of Chuck Hagel.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has proposed shrinking the US Army's size to its lowest level since before the start of World War II. The reduction comes as Washington winds down more than 13 years of war in Afghanistan.
Ukraine's new pro-Western leadership has disbanded the feared riot police blamed for killing protesters. In a sign of tension with the West, Russia ordered a military drill to test the country's combat readiness.
Women currently make up around 10 percent of the German military. All functions within the army have been open to them since 2001, but many still find integration difficult and the working environment hostile.
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