(CBS 8) - The Pentagon made it clear, women in the military must have the same opportunities as men to take on grueling and dangerous combat jobs.
Thursday's announcement comes two months after a group of military women filed this lawsuit.
According to one plaintiff: "The ability to serve has very little to do with gender. It has everything to do with heart, character, ability, determination and dedication. This policy is a disservice to those women who put their lives on the line for their country."
Having served a 17 month tour in Iraq, former Army Interrogator Julia Thompson says she knows what it takes to make it in the military.
While she's happy about the new policy, which officially allows women to fight along the front lines, she hopes it will bring about some needed change.
"There's a role for women in the Marines, but not in the infantry."
Retired Marine General Michael Neil says his opinion about women along the front lines is based on his experiences in Vietnam.
He's concerned the combat requirements would too much for them to handle.
"The average weight carried by a Marine infantryman in Iraq and Afghanistan vary between 70 to 100 pounds," said Neil.
Not a problem say women like Amanda Bell. The MMA fighter has fought gender roles for years and has proven herself to be just as capable as anyone else.
"I was lifting and moving heavy treadmills that are 200, 300 plus pounds and moving them on my own. It's all in technique, it's all in what you know and how you work," explained Bell.
Former Marine Liz Carmouche, who served three tours in Iraq, says she understands how people are divided on this issue, but also supports women.
"I, in part feel, women are just as strong as men and they are able to push through difficult situations. So, they definitely have the ability to be on the front line," Carmouche continued. "But I have seen from personal experience what happens when you put women in compromising situations, their male counterparts feel like they have to protect them and sometimes it costs the mission."
Women make up about 14 percent of the military's 1.4 million active duty personnel.
Thanksgiving could see record-setting heat in San Diego County, according to forecasters, who also reported the smashing of temperature records across the county on Wednesday.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.
A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Mountain View section of San Diego and police detained the driver, who fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a house.
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."