US Army to lift female combat role ban
24 January 2013 Last updated at 03:30 GMT
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has decided to lift the military's ban on women serving in combat, a senior Pentagon official has said.
The move would overturn a 1994 ruling and could open hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and elite commando jobs to women.
The decision is expected to be formally announced on Thursday.
Ben Wright reports.