The Obama administration's move last year to integrate women into front-line combat roles may get reversed by the next Pentagon head selected by President-elect Donald Trump.
The Republican Party's 2016 official platform, drafted over the summer, seeks to exempt women from "direct ground combat units and infantry battalions."
Last month, Trump was asked about the women in combat issue at an event hosted by the Retired American Warriors in Virginia. In his response, Trump vowed to do "away with political correctness" in the U.S. military.
Yet on the same question of women in combat, the billionaire seemed more open to the idea in August 2015. During a television interview, he expressed support for the issue but added that he would consult with generals on the matter.
The Military Times over the weekend quoted the Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly, who runs a military advocacy group, as endorsing the "rolling back" of some of President Barack Obama's military personnel reforms.
"Right now the policy is that women can and will be assigned to ground combat units," Donnelly was quoted as saying. "That pronouncement can indeed be changed by a future secretary of defense."