05/11/2012 10:22 am ET

Women in the Military: Why Can't We Serve on the Front Lines?

The Defense Department recently announced new policies that will open more than 14,000 military job opportunities to women. Which seems like a great step-except that more than 200,000 positions will still remain exclusive to men, from front-line infantry positions to high-level special operations roles.

Why? According to a press release, "the department recognizes there are practical barriers that require time to resolve to ensure the services maximize the safety and privacy of all service members while maintaining military readiness."

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