On January 14, 2011, the US Military Leadership Diversity Committee (MLDC), recommended allowing women to serve in direct military combat. Though current defense policy bars women from participating in direct line-of-fire combat, the MLDC concluded that women should be permitted to serve in combat and that their integration into combat forces would have no ill effects.The MLDC consisted of active and retired military leaders, and much of their findings were based on the performances of female soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their overall recommendation was to eliminate all barriers preventing women from combat-related activities in the military and gradually phase in new policies over several years. Other countries have already begun to allow women to serve directly in combat, such as Australia in September 2011.
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