WASHINGTON (Jan. 24, 2014)--One year ago this week, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the end of the direct ground combat exclusion policy, which restricted female service members from serving in unit-level positions below the brigade level with the primary mission of direct ground combat engagement. Now a year later, the Army announces its recent notification to Congress, through the DoD, to open 33K positions as part of its Soldier 2020 initiative.The Army's Soldier 2020 initiative sets the conditions for senior leaders to balance and transition the force in a way that makes the Army stronger, by having the best-qualified Soldiers for each job within the Army profession. Prior to the DoD rescinding the direct ground combat exclusion policy, the Army had already begun 'leaning forward' with a scientific approach to re-validate performance standards for each Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)."Our endeavor to re-validate performance standards is all about increasing total force capability and preparing the force for future mission requirements," said Col. Linda Sheimo, chief of the Command Programs and Policy Division at the Directorate of Military Personnel Management, Army G-1."Opening these positions ensures the Army is properly managing the talent of all our Service members, balancing readiness and the needs of a smaller force, and positioning all Soldiers for success with viable career paths," she added.Once the Congressional notification process for this request is complete, the Army will open units and positions within 132 MOSs (not including occupations within Special Operations Command) to women in April 2014."Though DoD has submitted the memorandum for these open positions, no women will be assigned until the Congressional notification period is met," said Sheimo.On Jan. 17, 2014, DoD officials notified Congress of the following now open positions: 12C (Bridge Crewmember) 12D (Diver) 12H (Construction Engineering Supervisor) 12N (Horizontal Construction Engineer) 12R (Interior Electrician) 12X (General Engineering Supervisor) 12Y (Geospatial Engineer) 12Z Combat Engineering Senior Sergeant 13T Field Artillery Surveyor/Meteorological Crewmember 13Z Field Artillery Senior Sergeant 14J Air Defense C41 Tactical Operations Center Enhanced Operator-Maintainer 14S Air & Missile Defense (AMD) Crewmember 15E Unmanned Aircraft System 15W Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator 25B Information Technology Specialist 25C Radio Operator-Maintainer 25E Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer 25F Network Switching Systems Operator-Maintainer 25L Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer 25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer 25Q Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer 25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer 25T Satellite/Microwave Systems Chief 25U Signal Support Systems Chief 25W Telecommunications Operations Chief 25X Senior Signal Sergeant 25Z Visual Information Operations Chief 27D Paralegal Specialist 29E Electronic Warfare Specialist 31B Military Police 35F Intelligence Analyst 35G Imagery Analyst 35L Counter Intelligence Agent 35M Human Intelligence Collector 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst 35P Cryptologic Linguist Intelligence Senior Sergeant/Chief 35T Military Intelligence Systems Maintainer/Integrator 35X Intelligence Sergeant 35Z SIGINT Senior Sergeant/Chief 37F Psychological Operations Specialist 38B Civil Affairs Specialist 42A Human Resources Specialist 46Q Public Affairs Specialist 46R Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist 56M Chaplain Assistant 68S Preventive Medicine Specialist 68W Health Care Specialist 74D CBRN Specialist 79S Active Duty Career Counselor 88M Motor Transport Operator 88N Transportation Management Coordinator 89B Ammunition Specialist 89D EOD Specialist 91B Wheeled Vehicle Repairer 91C Utilities Equipment Repairer 91D Power Generation Equipment Repairer 91E Allied Trades Specialist 91F Small Arms/Artillery Repairer 91G Fire Control Repairer 91H Tracked Vehicle Repairer 91J Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer 91L Construction Equipment Repairer 91X Maintenance Supervisor 91Z Senior Maintenance Supervisor 92A Automated Logistical Specialist 92F Petroleum Supply Specialist 92G Food Service Specialist 92R Parachute Rigger 92S Shower/Laundry & Clothing Repair Specialist 92W Water Treatment Specialist 92Y Unit Supply Specialist 94E Radio & COMSEC Repairer 94F Computer/Detection Systems Repairer 94M Radar Repairer 94W Electronic Maintenance Chief 94Z Senior Electronic Maintenance Chief 00B General Officer 01A Officer Generalist 12A Engineer 12B Combat Engineer 12D FCCME 14A Air Defense Artillery 25A Signal, General 27A Judge Advocate General 31A Military Police 35D All Source Intelligence 36A Financial Manager 37A Psychological Operations 38A Civil Affairs (AA and USAR) 42B Human Resources Officer 50A Force Development 51A Systems Development 51C Contract & Industrial Management 51R Systems Automation Acquisition & Engineering 51T Test & Evaluation 51Z Acquisition 56A Command & Unit Chaplain 57A Simulations Operations Officer 59A Strategist 60A Operational Medicine 61N Flight Surgeon 62B Field Surgeon 65D Physician Assistant 70B Health Services Administration 70H Health Services Plans, Operations, Intelligence, Security, and Training 70K Health Services Material 74A CBRN 90A Logistics 91A Maintenance & Munitions Material Officer 92A Quartermaster, General 011A Branch MOS Immaterial 120A Construction Engineering Technician 131A Field Artillery Targeting Technician 140A Command and Control Systems Integrator 150U Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Technician 153D UH-60 Pilot 154C CH-47 Pilot 155A Fixed Wing Aviator (Aircraft Nonspecific) 251A Information Systems Technician 254A Signal Systems Support Technician 255A Information Services Technician 255S Cyberspace Defense Technician 255Z Cyberspace Network Operations Technician 290A Electronic Warfare Technician 350F All Source Intelligence Technician 740A Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrant Officer 890A Ammunition Technician 915A Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer 915E Senior Automotive Maintenance Officer 919A Engineer Equipment Maintenance Warrant Officer 920A Property Accounting Technician 921A Airdrop Systems Technician