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Female Soldiers Sue To End No-Combat Rule

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The two Army reservists argue that the restriction violates their Fifth Amendment rights. Two female American soldiers filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn the U.S. military's restrictions on women in combat, claiming it violates their constitutional rights.

 The suit comes three months after the Pentagon unveiled a new policy that opened up 14,000 more posts for women in the military. That change eased restrictions on women serving in combat zones, but continues to keep females off the front lines of battle.

Reuters explains that Command Sergeant Major Jane Baldwin and Colonel Ellen Haring, both Army reservists, claim that the no-combat rule based "solely on the basis of sex" violates their right to equal protection under the Fifth Amendment and "restricts their current and future earnings, their potential for promotion and advancement, and their future retirement benefits."
The pair also points out that women make up almost 15 percent of the active-duty military, and that more than 800 women have been wounded and more than 130 killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  -Slate-