There are all kinds of opinions about allowing women to serve on the front lines.
Newswatch 16 went to Luzerne County and talked with those who plan to join the military and those who already served in combat to see what they think about the change in policy.
The military is changing, and that means women who serve will have new options to fight on the front lines.
Many said it’s about time.
“I have heard a little bit about it. I think it’s good, equal opportunity for everyone,” said Allison Spark, Wilkes ROTC student.
Allison Spark and James Boland are both ROTC students at Wilkes University.
Spark doesn’t know if she wants to go into combat, but both are happy the option is there now.
“I don’t know what I want to do in the air force yet, but maybe I’ll consider it,” said Spark.
“I think it’s finally happened, which is a good thing. I mean women have been I guess striving to be on the front lines for so long, and it’s great that they’re getting out there now,” said Boland.
“If they want to really go, leave them go and leave them get the credit like they deserve,” said Francis Corcoran, Vietnam Veteran.
Corcoran served in combat in Vietnam. He’s one of the vets we talked with at the American Legion in Kingston.
“When we were in Vietnam, we believed in watching your buddy’s back. I don’t care if it’s a woman or a guy, whoever it is I will watch their back,” said Corcoran.
Critics question whether women are tough enough to be on the front lines.
Thom O’leary served with a female officer hit by an explosive in Iraq.
“It tore her arm off. They put a tourniquet on and she said, ‘find my arm, find my hand I want my wedding ring back,'” said O’leary.
“To be honest with you, I don’t agree with it,” said Bull Ulincy of Forty Fort.
Ulincy served in Korea. He said he’s talked with his wife about the idea of serving with women in combat.
“I told her I’d be concerned. I’d maybe not be as alert as I should be, you know,” said Ulincy.