"As he's headed for the door, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has apparently removed all bans, bars, and other impediments to women serving in combat. This comes as welcome news to Molly Pitcher, Margaret Corbin, Elizabeth Newcume, Dr. Mary E. Walker (MOH), and a host of others who served openly or in disguise over the years."
As he writes over on Blackfive. If a woman can meet the standards without the standards being relaxed, more power to her. However we cannot allow the reducing or "Evening" out of the standards. In combat that can cost lives.