The Daily Beast website reports today (May 24, 2012) that two female soldiers filed lawsuits yesterday to have the ban on women in combat lifted, claiming that being barred from combat "based solely on the basis of sex" is unconstitutional.
Army reservists Command Sgt. Major Jane Baldwin and Col. Ellen Haring -- the plaintiffs of the lawsuit -- say the policy "restricts their current and future earnings, their potential for promotion and advancement, and their future retirement benefits."
Women make up 14.5 percent of active duty military personnel.
More than 800 women have been wounded and more than 130 killed in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.