"When I was out working in Ramadi, Iraq doing Team Lioness with Marine infantry units, my gender — especially a bleeding vagina — didn't matter."
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Six months after opening up all combat jobs to women, the Marine Corps will change several of its occupational titles to be more gender-neutral.
Maj. Gen. Clay Hutmacher tells BuzzFeed News that he believes women special operations soldiers can perform just as well as men.
Carson also wonders why women would want to serve in combat roles in the "dirt and slime," though said he does not oppose women serving on the battlefield if they meet physical standards.
"Those who serve are not based on who they are or where they come from, but what they offer in order to serve this country."
"We should be putting our best soldiers forward regardless of their gender," says Rubio, part of a growing number of conservatives abandoning opposition to women in combat.
The United States is not the first to open combat roles to women. Over a dozen other countries have allowed it for years.
They'll now be formally allowed in combat roles, but they've been on patrol, earning honors, and risking their lives for years.
Secretary Panetta reverses a 1994 ban, opening up hundreds of thousands of frontline positions for women.
The General of the Marines writes: "I want to ensure that equal opportunities to excel exist for all Marines across the Corps." This means getting women assigned to Ground Combat Units.