The Pentagon has officially lifted the ban on women serving in military combat roles. Top Defense officials in Washington say the move reflects the realities of the modern military. One retired soldier says its about time that women be allowed to serve on the front lines.
"It was a challenge. I joined the Army to see the world and see what was next."
Christine Tarnowski saw a lot during her military career.
"I served over 21 years."
A career that included stints in the Army, National Guard, and Reserves.
"I wouldn't trade it for the world. I got to work with people from all over the world, all shapes and sizes and it taught me a lot about life and about people."
The Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Veterans Outreach Center applauds the move allowing, for the first time, women to serve in front line military roles.
"It's history in the making. It really is. It's something a lot of people have thought about and fought for for some time."
Tarnowski isn't altogether surprised female soldiers were banned from front line combat roles for so long.
"I don't think the American public was ready to see their wives and daughters and sisters serve in that direct capacity, and dying like that. Iraq and Afghanistan have taught us that IED's and snipers don't discriminate."
The move allowing women in combat does have it's skeptics. Among the biggest arguments: the biological differences between the sexes.
"For those who do serve in those roles, the decision should be based on ability, not gender."
According to the military that, will now be the case. Though it hasn't always been recognized, Tarnowski says women have served combat roles for years.
"You just don't give it any thought when you're doing your day to day job. You just get it done."