Women, Peace And Security: A Diverse Future In The USAF Is A Better Future
AIR WAR COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Throughout the years, the United States Air Force has come to appreciate the value of diversity. Today, the military has improved so much in gender diversity, yet there is still more which can be done. This paper will discuss gender diversity issues, as well as highlight the void of USAF involvement in the international environment of women, peace and security. The overall intent of this paper is to examine current gender diversity programs in the USAF and offer improvements. While then also exploring the next step for female leadership in the USAF and how it can enhance women, peace and security objectives for nation states involved in conflict. This paper uses a programmatic approach to address retention and argues the benefits of USAF diversity and presents clear recommendations on improvements and goals for international impact. The first recommendations involve enhancing work-life balance options to improve the retention issues. The second recommendation addresses the development of recruiting, such as to ensure millennials consider military service a viable option. The third recommendation suggests the development of training, assignment options and various other avenues for the enhancement of women, peace and security. The USAF continues to address and promote gender issues. With increased emphasis on family-life improvements and more robust efforts in the international women, peace and security environment, USAF women can have an impact of greater magnitude. Gender issues must now move from institutionalization to increased action where women in the USAF can demonstrate relevance to the world.
- Sociology and Law
- Military Forces and Organizations