Lifting the ban on servicewomen in combat is just the start of a long process.
Last week’s decision to lift the U.S. military’s ban on women serving in combat was a no-brainer, in a way: Senior military officials acknowledged it was almost impossible to keep servicewomen out of combat in America’s most recent wars. In Iraq and Afghanistan, insurgencies made “the front line” too amorphous.
But Defense Secretary Leon Panetta did not issue the order lightly, without military buy-in. Nor will the service branches implement it immediately, because carrying it out will not be a no-brainer at all.