Sergeant Crystal Groves, a U.S. Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team), 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Regimental Combat team II. Paula Bronstein / Getty Images
Australian women will be allowed to serve in front-line combat roles after the government said Tuesday it was dropping all gender restrictions for the military.
Defense Minister Stephen Smith said Australia will follow Canada and New Zealand in allowing women who meet physical and psychological criteria to perform any role they choose, including serving as special forces troops.
“This is a significant and major cultural change,” Smith said.
Women can currently serve in 93 percent of employment categories in the Australian Defense Force, which includes the army, navy and air force. But some roles have been reserved for men, including infantry, artillery and naval clearance diving.
Sergeant Crystal Groves, a U.S. Marine with the FET (Female Engagement Team), 1st Battalion…
by Dave Bahde / Sep 27, 2011