On the Radar
Staff Sgt. Jennifer Hunt is one of four women who filed a lawsuit to end the policy that kept women from the front lines of battle. In the last couple of months we saw an extraordinary change in the military lifting the ban on direct combat for women. Staff Sgt. Hunt, who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was rewarded a purple heart for her time in Iraq, says ending the ban was long overdue.
The combat exclusion policy "was based on a definition that there were front lines, and there was a point where you could say these units and these places are going to experience combat, and these units and these other places won't," says Hunt. But in Iraq and Afghanistan, those lines were blurred.
"Women who were filling positions such as truck drivers, or civil affairs, or military police found themselves in Iraq and Afghanistan facing the same dangers as people who were in the infantry or men who were in other combat arms jobs," says the U.S. Army reservist.
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