Many female service members have proven themselves to be physically, mentally, and morally capable of leading and executing combat -type operations that men can. In modern world combat (Afghanistan, Iraq), not all women serving in the military are exposed to the "front line" risks. As the nature of warfare becomes more dynamic and unpredictable, we need to be the strongest force possible, and diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Women need to be given the same opportunity that men are given in order to have the same opportunities that they have to be exposed to the same risks. As combat duty is usually regarded as necessary for promotions, denying female personnel this experience ensures that very few will ever reach the highest ranking of the military.