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Thursday Morning Linkage: combat exclusion edition

January 23, 2013

What you need to know about the recent policy change and the reactions.

  • Where to start: the excellent NYT and Washington Post articles on the removal of the exclusion.
  • Here’s a great breakdown on storify of the “some things to know” about the exclusion and the changes.
  • Rachel Maddow weighs in on her blog, calling the change a dramatic step forward.
  • Josh Voorhees on the Slate reminds readers that the proposal gives the military three years to identify any roles that they wish to remain closed for women- so the devil is indeed in the details.
  • Former Marine Infantryman Ryan Smith warns of “the realities that await women in combat” in this critical Washington Post opinion piece.


  • Will the policy change mean that women will have to register for the draft? Answers to the question can be found here.

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Megan MacKenzie is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney in Australia. Her main research interests include feminist international relations, gender and the military, the combat exclusion for women, the aftermaths of war and post-conflict resolution, and transitional justice. Her book Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight comes out with Cambridge University Press in July 2015.