Women in the Military

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SEOUL, South Korea -- For the second time in three months, a military command has quickly rescinded a breast-feeding policy that was seen as too restrictive by nursing mothers.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

Women Veterans

Female soldiers

Women have served in the military from the American Revolution to the present. Unfortunately, women have been historically underrepresented in utilizing the benefits provided for them, and have often been more reticent in claiming their veteran status. Women now make up 15% of active duty and 18% of Guard/Reserves service members. Based on the u... 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

Supporters, Critics Open Fire on Women in Combat

Female soldiers train for the Cultural Support Assessment and Selection program in 2013. Staff Sgt.. Russell Lee Klika/Army

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon's announcement Tuesday that the service branches and U.S. Special Operations command are moving ahead with plans to put women into combat positions sparked a range of reactions from supporters and opponents. Among the jobs that could eventually open are those in the infantry, in armor units and on attack submarines, a... more

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