Review into 'close combat' roles for women brought forward
8 May 2014 Last updated at 22:52 BST
Women soldiers could be allowed to serve in the Army for the first time in frontline combat roles, according to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.
Currently women can serve on the front line but not where the primary aim is to "close with and kill the enemy".
Mr Hammond said the review had been brought forward, with head of the Army now due to report back by the end of the year.
Carole Walker reports.