DOD Opens More Jobs & Assignments to Military Women
The changes are included in a report the department submitted to Congress today, based in part on findings the Military Leadership Diversity Commission reported in March.
Today’s report includes a “vision statement”: “The Department of Defense is committed to removing all barriers that would prevent service members from rising to the highest level of responsibility that their talents and capabilities warrant.”
A Pentagon news release accompanying the announcement quotes Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta as saying women have proven themselves in and out of battle.
“Women are contributing in unprecedented ways to the military’s mission,” he said. “Through their courage, sacrifice, patriotism and great skill, women have proven their ability to serve in an expanding number of roles on and off the battlefield.
“We will continue to open as many positions as possible to women so that anyone qualified to serve can have the opportunity to do so,” the secretary added.” (Read the entire article at the Department of Defense website)
And from Stars & Stripes:
“American Women Veterans founder Genevieve Chase echoed that sentiment, saying she has heard from numerous commanders who couldn’t use highly qualified female servicemembers for certain jobs because of the rules.
“The nature of war has changed and battlefield commanders have found value in the contributions of women in combat, and especially counterinsurgency operations,” she said, pointing to the use of Female Engagement Teams in Afghanistan today.
“Our military has realized that we have the ability to field the best America has to offer and all those who volunteer to serve our country should receive equal training and career opportunities, regardless of their gender.”
The change will also eliminate rules that prohibit women from living alongside combat units, and spur the development of gender-neutral standards for a variety of military positions.” (Read the entire story at Stripes.com)