Minnesota's military females ready to fight

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The Pentagon has determined that females can officially serve in combat, although for almost 20 years, American women have trained for battles the military wouldn't let them fight.

KARE 11 reports that Minnesota's National Guard is more than 16 percent female, and its leaders appear ready for the change.

The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota National Guard will be part of a pilot program to bring women into combat infantry units. The Guard's First Brigade, 34th Infantry Division Red Bulls will be one of nine Guard brigades to immediately assign women to positions at headquarters combat units.

MPR reports that the Minnesota National Guard will assign qualified women to vacant jobs in traditionally male-only units. Minnesota National Guard officials say the pilot phase of allowing women into combat is expected to last through the end of September. After that, personnel changes could go into effect by 2016.

Since 9/11, 152 women have died in the US war efforts, although barred from positions like infantry, field artillery and armor. Many women already serve in positions that put them in combat zones. The policy change allows women to be in line for top military leadership positions, which have historically required a combat background.

Next Up

duluth ship fire

Duluth fire crews battle blaze on 118-year-old lake freighter

The J.B. Ford, which is the oldest intact lake freighter still floating, has been housed at a scrapyard since 2015.

target

Target sales grew by $15B in 2020, more than past 11 years combined

The pandemic led to a historic year for the Minneapolis retailer.

MNDeptofHumanRightsPhoto

Eagan-based Villaume Industries pays $90K fine in gender discrimination case

After the Minnesota Department of Human Rights found the company refused to hire women, Villaume committed to reforms

magazines

11 more people charged in massive magazine scam plead guilty

In total, 63 people from across the U.S. were charged in what prosecutors called the "largest elder fraud scheme in the nation."

Alex Stalock

Wild goalie Alex Stalock claimed off waivers by Oilers

The South St. Paul native will be heading to Edmonton.

Mortensen becker-finn

Shakopee GOPer posts DFL lawmaker's personal cell number on Facebook

Rep. Erik Mortensen has been accused of 'doxxing' Twin Cities lawmaker Rep. Jamie Becker-Finn.

derek chauvin

Minneapolis scraps plan to pay 'influencers' to share information during Chauvin trial

The plan to pay influencers to share city-approved messages during the trials of the officers charged in George Floyd's death drew criticism.

Doll

Toddler called 911 and said 'baby' was dead, turned out to be her doll

We're checking into whether the doll is named 'Chucky.'

Target Center

NCAA Women's Final Four 2022 will be held in Minneapolis

The NCAA unveiled the logo for the 2022 Final Four on Monday.

Related