Debate Over Women in Combat Likely to Heat Up in '08
In the last five years in Iraq, women have flown hundreds of combat missions. And though they remain barred from ground combat units, women — who make up about 15 percent of the military — are playing a bigger fighting role than ever. About 100 have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. The drive to eliminate gender distinctions in the military appears to be entering a new phase, with debate likely to come to a head within a few years. The next president, whether presumptive GOP nominee McCain or a Democrat, almost certainly will face the question of women in combat.