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Reaction to Pentagon's decision to lift combat ban

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The Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on women in the front lines of combat has not come without scrutiny.

Some feel having women on the forefront of battle will become a distraction and hinder other soldiers.

One local female veteran feels that idea is ridiculous.

"We are soldiers and they are soldiers, should not make a difference." Staff Sergeant Paula Beckler said.

Beckler has been with the National Guard for 22 years and that includes a tour in Iraq in 2003-2004.

"Speaking as a combat vet," Beckler said. "There were no front lines; we could have done the same battles the current infantry is doing."

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that thousands of new positions will now be open to women, he has also asked military branches to submit plans by May on how to integrate women into combat operations.

 "Really just opening jobs up, we go to the same basic training as the guys do," Beckler said of the decision. "Now it is going to open a few more career fields and hopefully promotional opportunities for females.

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