06.03.134:59 PM ET

Military Researches Combat Standards

Could delay ground combat jobs for women.

Military services, according to reports sent to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, have assigned a research team to evaluate physical and other job standards for women serving in ground combat jobs. But supporters of lifting “ground combat exclusion” say this research may delay the combat jobs for women. The research is designed to outline physical standards for certain fields, such as infantry, and would apply to both men and women. Infantry jobs and other areas that are considered front lines in war still remain closed to women. Military services have until January 1, 2016, to finalize opening all positions to women. If a service wants to close certain fields to females, they would need be OK’d by the Defense secretary.