FILE – in this Jan. 24, 2013, file photo Secretary of Defense 

FILE – in this Jan. 24, 2013, file photo Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta hands the memorandum he has just signed, ending the 1994 ban on women serving in combat, to Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson of Huntingdon, Tenn., during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The decision to lift the ban on women in combat has opened the door for a change in the law that currently compels only men between the ages of 18 and 25 to register for a military draft, according to legal experts and military historians. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file)
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FILE – in this Jan. 24, 2013, file photo Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta hands the memorandum he has just signed, ending the 1994 ban on women serving in combat, to Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson of Huntingdon, Tenn., during a press briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The decision to lift the ban on women in combat has opened the door for a change in the law that currently compels only men between the ages of 18 and 25 to register for a military draft, according to legal experts and military historians. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file)
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