In Swamp Phase, Women Ranger Candidates Blend Right In

August 7, 2015: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Defense One

Everyone in the last phase of the Army's elite school looks the same: sweat-soaked and exhausted. And the Ranger Association says everyone who graduates can be a member. 

 

Two female Ranger students move on to Swamp Phase

July 31, 2015: Michelle Tan, Army Times

Two of the three female Ranger School students and 125 male students will move on to Florida this weekend after successfully completing the course’s 20-day Mountain Phase.

 

Transgender decision raises question of combat jobs

July 14, 2015: Travis J. Tritten and Heath Druzin, Stars and Stripes

The Pentagon move toward open service for transgender troops raised new questions Tuesday about the last wall for gender equality in the military: combat jobs.

 

Don’t give up when climbing ladder, Navy admiral urges

July 14, 2015: Knowles Adkisson, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Rear Adm. Margaret "Peg" Klein says she‘s known as the person that says "Hello" to everyone in the halls of the Pentagon, where matters of national security and global strategy tend to make people forget there are other humans around them.

 

Marine officer competes on NBC’s ‘American Ninja Warrior'

July 13, 2015: James K. Sanborn, Marine Corps Times

A Marine public affairs officer tested her grit in front of a national television audience on a recent episode of "American Ninja Warrior," making it to one of the show's toughest obstacles before ultimately taking a plunge.

 

Marine Commander’s Firing Stirs Debate on Integration of Women in Corps

July 12, 2015 Dave Philipps, The New York Times

The episode comes at a critical moment for the Defense Department, which has mandated that the armed services integrate women into all combat roles by 2016, or provide clear evidence for why they cannot.

 

Remaining women at Army Ranger School clear hurdle, make it to Mountain Phase

July 10, 2015: Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post

The female soldiers moving on raises the prospect that at least one of them may become the first female graduate of Ranger School. 

 

Female Ranger students pass Darby Phase on 3rd try

July 10, 2015: Michelle Tan, Army Times

After three tries, the three women remaining in the Army's gender-integrated assessment of Ranger School have successfully completed the Darby Phase, officials said Friday.

 

Longest-serving female warrant to retire after 43 years

July 9, 2015: Staff report, Army Times

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeanne Pace joined the Women's Army Corps in 1972, playing in the 14th Army WAC Band based out of Fort McClellan, Alabama.

 

Why Gen. Joseph Dunford could face decision on women in combat twice

July 9, 2015: Hope Hedge SeckMarine Corps Times

As the military approaches one of its most significant decision points in decades, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford may be poised to be a key player in more than one role.

 

They Survived Training, Now Female Marines Await Word On Ground Combat

July 7, 2015: Tom Bowman, NPR

In a yearlong experiment, Marine researchers and researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have collected reams of information on male and female Marines' physical strength, endurance, speed and marksmanship. The data will show whether gender made a difference in the fighting ability of the unit.

 

New clinic to help growing number of women vets

July 7, 2015: Tucson News, By Barbara Grijalva

VA officials said they expect the number of women veterans they serve to double to 9,000 within the next five years.  According to the Pentagon, only about 42,000 women were enlisted in 1973 on active duty. That number has grown nationally to at least 204,000.

 

Experts: DoDEA could help develop future force

July 6, 2015: Andrew Tilghman, Military Times

Many top military officials worry that the pool of prospective recruits is shrinking as today's young people appear less interested in military service when compared to past generations.

 

Pentagon to improve retention of women, rank advancement

June 25, 2015: Jacqueline Klimas, The Washington Times

Brad Carson, the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said the military needs to reform its recruitment and retention system to make it more flexible for both service members and their spouses to pursue family and career opportunities throughout their time in uniform. 

 

DoD Personnel Official Rips Outdated System

June 24, 2015: Joe Gould, Defense News

Despite a "revolution" in civilian human resources, the military retains an antiquated personnel system, which Brad Carson, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, called "a Polaroid in the time of digital cameras, once the cutting edge, but now superseded."

 

Opinion: The Pentagon should drop the ban on women in combat units – no exceptions

May 6, 2015: Brian Wagner, The Washington Post

In January 2016, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter will decide whether to open all occupational specialties to women. But there is still a loophole: services have the ability to request that certain combat specialties be excluded from the full integration of female service members.

 

Navy SEALs see no barrier to women in combat ranks

May 3, 2015: Rowan Scarborough, The Washington Times

U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command has found no barriers to integrating women into all-male SEAL teams, a finding that greatly increases the chances that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will open the units to females by January.

 

Women in special operations: Female troops detail their time in combat

April 28, 2015: Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post

When Janiece Marquez arrived in Afghanistan in 2011 as a member of a cultural support team working alongside Special Forces, she had high hopes that she would contribute. 

 

Congresswoman rips Defense Secretary, says women in combat could open opportunity for predators

April 28, 2015: Jamie Crawford, CNN Politics

A congresswoman who is also a retired U.S. Air Force colonel on Monday likened recent concerns aired by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter over women in combat being vulnerable to sexual assault as "the kind of logic" the Taliban uses to suppress women.

 

Official Provides Update on Combat Jobs for Women

April 27, 2015: Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Since the Defense Department rescinded a 1994 policy that excluded women from serving in direct ground combat positions, the services have opened about 91,000 jobs to female service members, the Joint Staff’s vice director said here today.

 

Military women gained since combat ban ended, still progress to be made

April 27, 2015: Miranda Leo, Cronkite News

Two years after the Pentagon announced plans to lift the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, speakers at the forum said there is still work to be done and attitudes to change.

 

Lawmaker rips Defense secretary for remarks on sexual assault

April 27, 2015: Kristina Wong, The Hill

Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) on Monday ripped Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for remarks he gave last week suggesting that putting women in ground combat jobs would make them vulnerable to sexual assault, saying it was the same logic used by the Taliban to segregate women. 

 

Opinion: It’s time to reevaluate standards for women in the military

April 16, 2015: Dave Kelm, Jayne Lawlor and Nicole Martin, The Washington Post

We propose that this is not an issue about women, but one of standards. Impartial officers already know this. Few of them, however, question how current guidelines were developed or when they were last re-evaluated; they just maintain that standards should not be lowered.

 

Testing a Few Good Women for Combat

March 19, 2015: Teresa Fazio, The New York Times

This month, the Marine Corps began a historic experiment at its base in Twentynine Palms, Calif., to test women’s performance in combat arms. 

 

As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'

March 19, 2015: Tom Bowman, NPR

to the story. 

The Pentagon lifted the ban on women serving in the unforgiving world of ground combat — infantry, armor and artillery units — but gave the armed service's branches until January to ask for exemptions.

 

Women in Combat Arms: Brass Tacks on Physicality

March 17, 2015: Katey van Dam, War on the Rocks

Many critics argue that women will not succeed in combat arms because none of the 26 lieutenants who have volunteered for the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course (IOC) have passed — yet. Stating a feat is impossible because it has yet to be accomplished is the dying rallying cry of opponents clutching to the status quo. 

 

Women in Combat Arms: Just Good Business

February 25, 2015: Katey van Dam, War on the Rocks

The operation started like any other early morning raid. We escorted the birds in for the insert and stayed overhead to provide overwatch. 

 

Dear America: It's Time To Let Women Serve In All Combat Roles. No Exceptions.

February 6, 2015: The Truman Security Project, TPM

A long time ago, Harry Truman successfully desegregated the Armed Forces. And recently we lifted the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays and lesbians in the military to a collective yawn. Now is the time to finally let women do any job in the military.