Its official, during a press conference on Thursday at the Pentagon, the Obama administration lifted the decades old ban on women in combat.
The move comes in the final weeks of Defense Secretary Leon Penetta's time in office.
“We want to recognize that women deserve a chance to serve,” says Penetta.
For some, the move is a controversial one. For others, it's a sign of the times.
Dalvin Thorton tells News 10, “To me everybody should be treated equally if a women want to do it and the army needs that I say do it.”
Several arguments against lifting the ban have been made. Some believe the physical requirements necessary to serve on the front lines may be too much for women to handle…
Thorton says he has no experience working with women in basic training, but there are those who don't believe in lowering physical requirements at all.
A statement released by the Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office says in part, “This policy change will initiate a process whereby the services will develop plans to implement the decision.”
Kendra Louis of the National Guard has no doubt Panetta's decision will have a positive effect.