By OCPA & JFHQ-NCR/MDW Public AffairsMarch 2, 2016
March is National Women's History Month, and the U.S. Army joins the nation in an amplified celebration of women contributions to this nation and it's Army. The Army community honors the sacrifices and accomplishments of women who not only have helped shape the service but also the country. During this time, both women in military and civil service are honored for their support and strength, and willingness to sacrifice everything for the freedom and liberty cherished by all Americans.
The national theme this year is, Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.
Women Soldiers have served in about every kind of role imaginable within the military, a legacy to inspire future women Soldiers. Army leaders across the department continue to set the conditions for all Soldiers to reach their full potential, and assign tasks and jobs throughout the force based on ability, not gender. For the first time in history, the U.S. Army has fully integrated women into all military positions, which makes the U.S. armed forces better and stronger.
Women Soldiers made historic strides in 2015, with graduating from Ranger School, to the appointment of the first black female Army surgeon general, to Defense Secretary Ash Carter opening up all military occupational specialties (MOSs) to women.
Women's History Month stands as a further reminder of the strength the Army has gained, and will gain through having a high-quality diverse all-volunteer force, standing ready to answer the nation's call. The military will continue to provide full and equal opportunity for women to serve. Army senior leaders will continue to shape policy that ensures the force of the future to remain strong. Every individual, regardless of gender, has the opportunity for viable careers within the service.
The Army is proud of today's women Soldiers who serve with distinction and are role models exemplifying the Army's highest values. Women play vital roles in accomplishing the Army's mission. Women are an asset in the military and integration of women in all career fields will strengthen the Army's readiness.