US: Two female Army officers sue to end combat ban

Last Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 00:19

Richmond: Two female Army Reserve officers have sued the US Department of Defence and the Army in an effort to reverse military policies banning women from serving in combat roles.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in US District Court for the District of Columbia accuses the government of violating the constitutional rights of servicewomen by excluding them from certain ground combat units and other positions.

Command Sgt. Maj. Jane Baldwin and Col. Ellen Haring allege the policies have hindered their career advancement.

The lawsuit names Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and two other officials.

There was no immediate comment from the Defence Department.


First Published: Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 00:19

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