Women in the Military

Carter Telling Military to Open All Combat Jobs to Women

First Lt. Anja Nelson, a team leader with a female engagement team assigned to the 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, engages with women and children during a census in southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Crystal Davis)

WASHINGTON -- The Associated Press has learned that Defense Secretary Ash Carter will order the military to open all combat jobs to women, and is giving the armed services until Jan. 1 to submit plans to make the historic change. Carter's announcement is expected later Thursday. It rebuffs arguments from the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman that... more

One Year Later, Women Still Shut Out of Quarter Million Military Jobs

A USAF basic trainee crosses the Horizontal Rope obstacle at the Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training site at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, April 8, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Trevor Tiernan)

Less than a year from an integration deadline, nearly a quarter-million positions remain closed to women in the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines as of March, along with 25,700 positions still closed to women by the U.S. Special Operations Command, according to Government Accountability Office data. The four services have opened up 91,000 posit... more

Military Bases Struggle With Breast-Feeding Policies

Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda Langendoefer breast-feeds her baby on the streets of San Diego. Courtesy of Vanessa A. Simmons

SEOUL, South Korea -- For the second time in three months, a military command has quickly rescinded a breast-feeding policy that was seen as too restrictive by nursing mothers. This week, U.S. Army Hawaii pulled back its breast-feeding policy just days after it was issued, after mothers bristled at a requirement to nurse "discreetly" and cover ... more

Military's Progress on Women in Combat Criticized

Marine Corps to Open Officer Infantry School to Women

WASHINGTON -- A year after the Pentagon opened combat jobs to female servicemembers, plans for integrating women into these jobs remain problematic, women’s advocates said this week. The Marine Corps and the Army, which have the largest number of military occupational specialties still closed to women, have, according to critics, unclear and in... more

Sabbaticals May Help Military Keep Women in Ranks

Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet poses in her office on the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md. At left is a photograph of Overstreet as a child running to her father, Gil Rud, who spent his career as a Navy pilot.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband, also a naval officer, were stationed in different parts of the country made it complicated. So she decided to take advantage of a fledgling Navy program that allowed her to take a year off and return t... more

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