What is different now is that the fiction of women not serving in combat will be removed AND women will be able to serve in those posts that often seem necessary to get promoted--armor, infantry, artillery.
Some people are saying stupid stuff. Luckily, I was too busy to blog on this, so someone else did a very fine job of taking down a noted commentator on military stuff.
My favorite line in this piece:
But perhaps most disturbing is Martin Van Creveld’s conclusion, in which he summarizes the traditional role of men and women in society–that men fight wars abroad, so they might protect the childbearers remaining at home. Some might call it mysoginistic, others anachronistic.The piece then uses Van Creveld's previous work to show that VC is wrong. Lovely.
I call it historically inaccurate.
Anyhow, this is good news. While the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been incredibly costly, they would be costlier still if we did not learn from them. This decision shows that the learning curve is not as shallow as it once was.