If a woman can match the standards already set, then there is no reason to judge her as less physically capable than her male counterparts. As Panetta said, everyone deserves the chance to try.
Finally, some have argued that the sight of a female fallen on the battlefield would undo the resolve of even the most steely-eyed soldier, cause him to forget his duty as he rushes to her aid at the expense of the mission. This theory is so insulting to our combat troops that it does not merit discussion.
While this is certainly a giant leap forward for womankind, Panetta described his decision best when he said this:
“Our military is more capable, and our force is more powerful, when we use all of the great diverse strengths of the American people.”
History will no doubt agree.