WOMEN IN THE U.S. ARMY

Thursday May 19, 2005

As of Mar. 27, 1992, the Army Policy for the Assignment of Female Soldiers (AR 600-13), states:
The Army's assignment policy for female Soldiers allows women to serve in any officer or enlisted specialty or position except in those specialties, positions, or units (battalion size or smaller) which are assigned a routine mission to engage in direct combat, or which collocate routinely with units assigned a direct combat mission.

Furthermore, a Secretary of Defense memorandum from Jan. 13, 1994 states:
Women shall be excluded from assignment to units below the brigade level whose primary mission is to engage in direct combat on the ground. Any change in this 1994 policy would require SECDEF approval and notification of Congress.

 After a careful review of the policy, the Secretary of the Army decided not to alter the rules for women's assignments.

 The Army remains in compliance with public law, DOD policy and its own regulations regarding the assignment of women Soldiers.

 At the brigade level, women are involved in command and control or support functions and do not routinely engage in combat.

 This is not a question of risk. In modern warfare, women have frequently found themselves in harm's way. All Soldiers, regardless of gender, are equipped, trained and prepared to defend themselves.

 Women serve in 91 percent of all Army occupations. Women make up:
-15% of the active Army
-23% of the Army Reserve
-13% of the Army National Guard.

 Today, some 17,000 women Soldiers are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. As of April 20, 2005, Thirty-eight women have made the ultimate sacrifice there, including two Department of the Army civilians.

 Women have served with distinction in every war of this nation.

Source: Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Headquarters Department of the Army

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Female gunners protect Iraq convoys (ARNEWS)
  • House passes amendment aimed at role of female Soldiers (WP | EB)
  • "Republicans slight women in uniform" -- Opinion (SPI | EB)
  • "Women in war" -- Editorial (SDUT | EB)
  • BRAC commission hears how Army realignment will build future force (ARNEWS)
  • BRAC 2005: Army looks to help reshape total force (AFIS)
  • Army War College saved from BRAC because of successes (HPN/EB)
  • Army defends centralization of National Guard centers (NJCD/EB)
  • Widow of Medal of Honor recipient becomes U.S. citizen (MH | EB)
  • Soldier wins World Cup shooting medal (ARNEWS)
  • Army van 'sparks' students' interest in science (ARNEWS)
  • "Hard to believe" -- Editorial (ADG/EB)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Commanders offer sober outlook on Iraq war (NYT | EB)
  • Troop withdrawal depends on Iraqi police, says U.S. general (LAT | EB)
  • Coalition, Iraq cooperation foiling insurgents (AFIS)
  • Iraqi police discover more executed men (LAT | EB)
  • Increase in violence blamed on Zarqawi's strategy shift (WP | EB)
  • President calls for patience with Iraq progress (NYT | EB)
  • Cost of Iraq war keeps climbing (CSM | EB)
  • "More ground forces" -- Editorial (WT | EB)

OF INTEREST

  • Communities worry about new resident gain due to BRAC (USAT | EB)
  • BRAC commission warns military to proceed cautiously (PI | EB)
  • Debate over dispersal of facilities in N. Virginia (WP | EB)
  • Report by Overseas Basing Commission in demand (SAEN/EB)
  • Administration considering shift in space policy (WP | EB)
  • Congress members seek military aid for Colombia (MH | EB)
  • Iran, E.U. at impasse unless E.U. agrees to incentives (NYT | EB)

WORLD VIEW

  • Palestinians fire rockets into Israel, straining truce (Aljazeera)
  • Israel prepares for possible escalation of Palestinian attacks (Jerusalem Post)
  • Iraq's defense minister vows to make Iraq peaceful (Arab News)
  • Deaths of Iraqi religious leaders blamed on militia (Aljazeera)
  • Think tank says U.S., U.K. should abide by nonproliferation treaty (Islamic Republic News Agency)

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Events

May 19, 2005
The U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, will be performing a precision jumping demonstration landing on the front lawn of Walter Reed hospital at noon.

May 20-22, 2005
Andrews Air Force Base Air Show is open and free to the public this weekend (21 & 22). The show on the May 20 is open only to Department of Defense and schools. The Army Golden Knights will perform each morning. For more information click here.

May 21, 2005
Armed Forces Day, established in 1949, is a way for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. (More information)

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Women are an invaluable and essential part of the Army team. They play a crucial role in the War on Terrorism and their sacrifices in this noble effort underscore their dedication and willingness to share great responsibilities - hallmarks of the American Soldier.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey, Secretary of the Army
Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, Chief of Staff
Kenneth O. Preston, Sergeant Major of the Army

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