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Women in Service Review: Deciphering the Studies Behind Integrating Women

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Technical Report

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USMC Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning Quantico United States

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This paper serves as a note of concern regarding how the services research plans for integrating women into previously closed Military Occupational Specialties MOSs and units, as well as public statements about those plans, appear from an external standpoint the only perspective available to most service members and the public. From the perspective of someone outside the execution of the services research plans, the Department of Defense DoD has not formally held the armed services to any defined scientific standards with respect to their plans for research into female integration. Therefore, even if the services are privately conducting rigorously-designed scientific studies, the services public promise of conducting highly detailed studies, some of which are not clearly scoped, in a short timeframe coupled with a lack of transparency about the process and results will leave the conclusions open to question.

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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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