Soldiers weigh in on women in combatJanuary 24, 2013 @ 12:29 pm (Updated: 10:46 am - 1/25/13 )
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says not everyone can meet the qualifications to be a combat soldier, but everyone deserves a chance as he announced Thursday the Pentagon was lifting its ban on women in combat.
Panetta says he believes women have become an integral part of the military's ability to succeed.
But the decision is sparking mixed reactions among local service members who called in to the Luke Burbank Show Thursday.
While none doubted the qualifications of some women to fully perform in combat, many questioned their effect on service men, arguing the presence of women is a strong distraction physically and emotionally.