ROCKFORD - he pentagon lifts it's almost 2-decade old ban preventing women from serving combat roles in the military.
With the pentagons decision Thursday to officially lift the ban baring women from serving in combat positions in the military, the last remaining barrier to a fully inclusive military has been passed.
But now the different branches of the armed services and congress must weigh in on the decision.
The ban keeping woman from being in active combat roles has been in place since 1994. Opponents of the decision say they worry lifting the ban could create a sexually charged atmosphere, and they also worry women won't be able to pass the physical requirements.
But 16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger says he supports the decision if woman are held to the same standards that men are.
"I think every woman would agree, that women need to be held to the same performance standards as men, and if they are, lets bring them in," said Kinzinger.
The Army and Marines will present their plans on how to integrate women into combat roles to Congress this May.