Some have already fought and died in battle. Now, the Department of Defense is going to let women get closer to the front lines of combat.

FOX News Radio's Rich Johnson has details on the Pentagon plan:

Women will still be barred from joining combat units, but sources tell the AP, they will be allowed to officially take up jobs at the battalion level -- which is closer to the action.

Commanders have gotten around those rules for years, by 'attaching' women to battalions. But that means they don't get official credit for combat - a status that looms large in promotions.

About 150 military women have fought and died in Afghanistan and Iraq in the last decade as medics, intelligence officers and police officers.

In Washington, Rich Johnson, FOX News Radio

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