UNITED STATES -- It's a day many women didn't see coming, at least not so soon.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the military is lifting the ban on women serving in combat roles. It's a position many women have wanted to be in for a long time.
Military-wide, it could open about 200,000 positions to women.
The move represents a shift in culture and even though it'll have its detractors, the women say they're ready to show they're more than capable.
"The concept of a front line is really figurative now a days. Women have been dying in war, the same way men have been dying. Perhaps not as frequently, but the truth of the matter is, I’ve never seen a family say, about their dead soldier, it's okay, because it was my son and not my daughter," said Patricia Austin of the New York National Guard.
The selection of women for some of these jobs could come as early as May.