FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - Starting this week, women will be
assigned to serve in Army combat battalions under a pilot program
in a move that more accurately reflects how women have been serving
alongside infantry units on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan for
Under the policy change announced earlier this year, female
officers and non-commissioned officers will be assigned to combat
units below the brigade level. The 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort
Campbell is one of the first nine brigades selected to test the new
jobs for women.
Col. Val Keaveny Jr., the brigade commander, told The Associated
Press for the last decade it has been common to have women
temporarily attached to the combat units and serve alongside them
and this provided a bigger pool of talent in his units.