Reaction to the Pentagon's historic announcement allowing women on the front lines in combat roles continues this morning.
While there has been widespread praise of the decision from the president and lawmakers on both the left and right, there are also critics who are concerned that allowing women to serve in these roles could be detrimental to combat readiness.
Wayne State University Professor Kingsley Browne is one of the individuals who opposes the Pentagon's choice, and he joins Starting Point this morning to explain.
"The number of women who are likely to be interested and qualified will be very, very small, which will lead to a lot of pressure to lower standards to get the numbers up," Browne argues.
Marine Captain Zoe Bedell, one of four servicewomen who joined a lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's policy excluding women from combat positions, responds to Browne, saying, "We’re not asking for a quota or a certain amount of women in jobs. We’re asking to compete."
"The standards that women are meeting now are what’s required to do the job and that's what we're asking people to evaluate," Bedell says. "What's necessary to do the job and to give everyone a chance to compete for it."