I'm sure the news will be followed by female soldiers declaring they are so ready.
Personally, I don't think this is the way to achieve so-called "gender equality", but that's how it goes under the president who just has had his "second coming", as Newsweek magazine calls it.
From Bloomberg News (1/23/2013):
Combat Ban on Women to Be Lifted, U.S. Defense Official Says
The U.S. Defense Department plans to lift its ban on women serving in direct combat roles, a Defense Department official said today.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made the decision to lift the ban on the recommendation of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to the official, who asked not to be identified in advance of a planned announcement. The Associated Press reported on the decision earlier today.