The U.S. military is making plans to integrate women into combat roles, including special operations.
Under the new rules, women could start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later.
Women and men would be required to meet the same physical and mental standards to qualify for certain infantry, armor, commando, and other front-line positions.
The Navy intends to open up its Riverine force and begin training women in July.
Women make up about 14 percent of the 1.4 million active U.S. military personnel. More than 280,000 women have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, or neighboring nations in support of the wars.