Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by the Pentagon.
The plans would slowly bring women into thousands of combat jobs, including those in the country's elite special operations forces.
Details of the plans were obtained by The Associated Press. They call for requiring women and men to meet the same physical and mental standards to quality for certain infantry, armor, commando and other front-line positions across the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
The plans were reviewed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who has ordered the services to move ahead.