Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army - Military Personnel

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PROPOSE AND ADVOCATE for policy, program, and resource changes impacting women in the Army to set the conditions for women’s empowerment and advancement across the Total Army.


    • REPRESENTATIVE: Soldiers and DA Civilians across the Total Army and among all ranks
    • TRI-CHAIRS: Selected by the ASA (M&RA) for a term of 2 years (may be extended)
    • GENERAL BODY: No more than 30 applicants will be selected for a term of 1-3 years
    • EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAT: Designated by the ASA (M&RA) to ensure continuity of WIT operations
    • ADVISORY BODY: Standing members based on position and interest
    • VOTING MEMBERS: Tri-Chairs and General Body Members
    • QUARTERLY IPRs: Tri-Chairs, General Body, Executive Secretariat, and Advisory Body
    • MONTHLY: Tri-Chairs & General Body
    • WEEKLY: Executive Secretariat
    • 15 DEC 22: SecArmy signed WIT charter
    • 19 DEC 22 – 31 JAN 23: Army-wide recruitment effort for members
    • FEB - MAY 23:  Develop selection process and metrics to score applications; review and score applications; appoint tri-chairs
    • 12 JUN 23: Appointed and Announced WIT members
    • 30-31 AUG 23: First meeting to establish topics for the inaugural year

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  • Q1. When will the next application window open?

    A1. The application window for the Amy Women’s Initiatives Team will reopen in the Summer of 2024 to fill any vacant positions. An Army-wide tasking and announcement will be sent to Commands, Soldiers, and Civilians informing them of the opportunity to apply.

    Q2. Who do I contact if I have concerns, comments, or suggestions to policy issues?

    A2. Please contact the Women’s Initiatives Team Secretariat with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have at: usarmy.pentagon.hqda-asa-mra.mbx.army-wit-executive-secretariat@army.mil.

    Q3. What are the demographics of the General Body members?

    A3. The General Body consists of 30 members with diverse representation across ranks, components, locations, and job experience. Officers (Company grade, Field grade, and Warrant Officer), Enlisted (Junior, NCO, and Senior NCO), and Civilians (Junior, Midgrade, and Senior) are all represented on the General Body. Additionally, members from all Components (Active, Guard, and Reserve) are represented from Commands world-wide who bring diverse job experience and skills to the team.

    Q4. If someone wasn’t selected, are there other ways they can contribute to the team?

    A4. We recommend the following pathways to continue efforts for empowering and advancing women in the Army:

    TRADOC WIT. Nested and synchronized with the Army’s Women's Initiatives Team. Advocates for Soldiers and trainees on specific TRADOC issues relating to diversity, equal opportunity, equity, gender discrimination, gender identity, inclusion, and sexism. Email: Tradoc.dcg.womensinitiativesteam.mbx@army.mil

    Female Morale Mentoring Program (FMMP). A grassroots platform within the TRADOC WIT that receives feedback from the field and has established chapters across the Army. Provides mentorship, personal and professional development, and fellowship to strengthen Army women through coaching, mentoring, and networking sessions and engagements. Email: ft.LeeFMMP@gmail.com

    Chartering a WIT. Consider chartering a Women’s Initiatives Team. Refer to Army Regulation 15-39 (Department of the Army Intergovernmental and Intragovernmental Committee Management Program).

    Q5. How will the Women’s Initiatives Team be governed?

    A5. The Army Women’s Initiatives Team reports to and receives direction from the ASA (M&RA), who provides overarching governance, support, and assistance in meeting the Army Women’s Initiatives Team goals and objectives, and makes recommendations to Army senior leaders (SecArmy, USA, CSA, VCSA, and SMA). The Women’s Initiatives Team Tri-Chairs serve as a liaison between the Army Women’s Initiatives Team and the ASA (M&RA) when advocating for Army women initiatives. The Women’s Initiatives Team will also coordinate with other partners on DoD committees, other services, and military grassroots organizations.

    Q6. How is the Women’s Initiative Team be structured?

    A6. The Army Women’s Initiatives Team is Tri-Chaired by one member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), one General Officer (GO), and one Nominative Sergeant Major and encompasses a General Body, Executive Secretariat, and Advisory Body. Refer to the charter for more information.

    Q7. Can anyone become a Women’s Initiatives Team member?

    A7. Membership consists of Active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve Soldiers, as well as full- and part-time Army Civilian employees.

    Q8. How often does the Women’s Initiatives Team meet?

    A8. The Army Women’s Initiatives Team will meet quarterly to provide in-progress reviews (IPRs) to the Tri-Chairs on tasks and recommendations, and to receive required guidance from the Tri-Chairs regarding decisions for ongoing efforts. The General Body will meet monthly to discuss tasks and recommendations and to receive guidance from the Tri-Chairs.

    Q9. What is the time commitment for General Body members?

    A9. The General Body will meet monthly to discuss tasks and recommendations and to receive guidance from the Tri-Chairs. Between meetings, members will be conducting research and developing initiatives/policies. In simple terms, it’s a grassroots effort intended to set conditions for success in women’s recruitment, retention, readiness, health, well-being, empowerment, and advancement across the Total Army. Membership is considered an additional duty (~10% of time spent doing team initiatives). The majority of the meetings will be held virtual via Teams.

    Q10. How will the Women’s Initiatives Team ensure a diverse representation across components, ranks, and locations are selected to be on the team?

    A10. People are unique, everyone is different, and the diversity of experiences, values, and talents our Soldiers and Civilians bring will help the Army maintain a viable advantage in the competition for talent. In choosing Women’s Initiatives Team members, the applicant’s unique talents, perspectives, and workplace experiences are considered. Applications will be analyzed, and members selected based on a diverse representation across components, ranks, and locations. Selection of members will not be limited by gender, rank, demographics, or any other characteristics. Soldiers from all three components (Active, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve) and DA Civilians will be represented on the team.