SAN ANTONIO -- Junior ROTC students at Roosevelt High School are talking about Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's decision to allow women to serve in combat.
"My aunt personally wanted to do combat but they denied her," said De'Ja Wilson, a senior. Wilson says she plans on serving in the United States Air Force after graduating from college.
Other female JRTOC students said they're glad the ban will be lifted, and it may provided them with an opportunity.
"If my future leads me on, and I have the opportunity I will take it," said junior, Abigail Gracia.
Some students we spoke with say they don't know if they'll have a military career, but if they do it will be different. "I think it's something that shows where society is really changing and I think it's a good thing, " added junior Jerry- Perez-Roach.
Junior ROTC instructor Robert Foutz said he thinks lifting the ban will afford more opportunities to those who serve our country. Foutz served in the Army for more than 21 years, and based on his experience, he says there will be obstacles ahead by having both men and women in combat.
"There will be unique challenges when people in combat positions are living in very close quarters for long periods of time," added Foutz.
Each military branch is allowed to seek special exemptions for positions that they believe should remain close to women. They have until 2016 to seek those exemptions.