4 Quotes We Love From Men Talking About Women in the Military

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all combat jobs, including infantry units will be open to women beginning in 2016.

This announcement comes just four days before the 74th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor invasion.

To celebrate all the contributions women have made, and continue to make in the military, we've rounded up some of our favorite quotes from men on inviting women into the military.

Read the quotes in the gallery above.

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"You have to recruit from the American population. Half the American population is female. So I'd be crazy not to be, so to speak, fishing in that pond for qualified service members." –Defense Secretary Ash Carter Photo Credit: Alex Wong via Getty Images

"Today, every American can be proud that our military will grow even stronger with our mothers, wives, sisters, and daughters playing a greater role in protecting this country we love." –President Barack Obama  Photo Credit: Pool via Getty Images

"They're fighting and they’re dying together, and the time has come for our policies to recognize that reality. We are making our military stronger, and we are making America stronger." –Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

"During the time I have had WACs under my command, they have met every test and task assigned to them ... their contributions in efficiency, skill, spirit, and determination are immeasurable." –American General Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a speech referring to the five women whom served on his staff during the war in 1945. Photo Credit: Fox Photos via Getty Images

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