Legal News of the Day: Women File Suit Against the Army and DoD over Combat Exclusion

On Tuesday, four women serving in the armed forces filed suit against the Department of Defense and the United States Army in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in an attempt to end a policy that prevents women from serving in combat units.  The petitioners argue that the 1994 combat exclusion barring women from positions “whose primary mission is to engage in direct combat on the ground” limits women’s careers and violates the Equal Protection Clause.  In January of last year, the Military Leadership Diversity Commission recommended that women be allowed to serve in direct military combat.