Today's Women Soldiers

Sergeant Sherri Gallagher departs rifle range at Fort Lee, Va

Sgt. Sherri Gallagher departs the rifle range at Fort Lee, Va., after qualifying during the U.S. Army Best Warrior Competition, Oct. 21, 2012. Gallagher was named the Army Soldier of the Year at the Association of the U.S. Army award luncheon in Washington, D.C.

  • Prior to the 1994 DoD assignment rule, 67 percent of the positions in the Army were open to women. Today, 78 percent of the positions in the Army are open to women, and women serve in 95 percent of all Army occupations (active duty and the reserve components), as of 2014.
  • Women represent about 13.7 percent of the active Army, 23 percent of the Army Reserve and 15.6 percent of the Army National Guard as of fiscal year 2013.
  • An increasing proportion of senior-level active duty and DoD positions are being filled by women.
  • The percentage of female officers in the active Army in grades O-4 (rank of major) and above increased from 11.5 percent in fiscal year 1995 to 14.6 percent in fiscal year 2013.
  • The same is true for enlisted active-duty women in grades E-7 (rank of sergeant first class) through E-9 (rank of first sergeant), who went from 8.
  • 3 percent in 1995 to approximately 11 percent as of fiscal year 2013.

Historic Information

  • 1983: Women accounted for 9.8 percent of the total Army.
  • 1993: Women accounted for 12.5 percent of the total Army.
  • 2009: Women accounted for 15.5 percent of the total Army.
  • 2012: Women accounted for 15.7 percent of the total Army.
  • 2013: Women accounted for 16.0 percent of the total Army.

Updated information provided by HQDA G-1.