Rose said in World War II women were more protected because many of them were in hospitals hundreds of miles away from the front lines. But she says women have been immersed in combat situations in Iraq and Afghanistan because there are no longer any "front lines."
"Now that there is no front line, women are kind of already in a combat situation," she said. "They have proven that they can, that they are just as able, to be in combat as men are."
According to Rose, many women have already volunteered to work combat positions, but the policy change will allow women to be recognized for their roles.
The Department of Defense said it does not plan to change strength standards or qualifications for combat units.
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