JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A groundbreaking decision from the Pentagon, women will be allowed to serve on the front lines.
After more than a decade of war- Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta announced he is removing the ban of women in combat.
Now some women on the First Coast are saying it's about time.
Jessica Hicks has no problem defending herself. And she doesn't think the American women now allowed on the front lines of combat will have any problem either.
"When I became an instructor, my partner was a guy, and I'm sure he can attest that I can do just as much damage as any other guy on the street," she said.
She started training in Karav Maga just 8 weeks after giving birth to her son. It's the training system used by Israeli men and women when they join the military. She says she's seen women on all skill levels succeed - if it's what they really want to do. Hicks says that will likely hold true for the military.
"It's not for every woman, but it's not for every man. And that's why every woman or every man is not in the military doing it. But for those people who love it, and it's in their nature and it's their passion, absolutely, they can do it," she said.
The military has until 2016 to fully integrate women on to the front lines, but Hicks thinks they've already earned the right to be there.
"As the women prove themselves and see that they can do it, I think women will gain respect in that particular area,' she said.
First Coast News