Military

ACLU Suing to Overturn Female Combat Ban

Women are currently not allowed to serve in combat squads

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The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of four American female military members challenging the U.S. Defense Department's policy excluding women from ground combat positions.

The suit, (PDF) filed in U.S. District Court in California, lists four servicewomen as well as the Service Women's Action Network, a nonpartisan advocacy group, as plaintiffs, and says the military's combat exclusion policy is outdated and hinders troop performance in the field.