Military Women in the Department of Defense. Volume 4
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (FORCE MANAGEMENT AND PERSONNEL) WASHINGTON DC
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Military women are performing their duty requirements with the same professional competence displayed by military men. Although this has been widely recognized for many years, only within the past decade have women been permanently integrated within the activereserve component personnel inventories. The passage of Public Law 90-130, which repealed the ceiling on women, the creation of the all-volunteer forces, and the enactment of the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act DOPMA, which repealed long standing provisions of law containing unwarranted distinctions with respect to women officers, fostered current Department of Defense policy on the utilization of women in military service. The differences among the Components reflect the impact of combat exclusion restrictions and the differing component missions. As can be seen, skills open to women range from approximately 98 percent for the Air Force to 80 percent in the Marine Corps. Actual positions open to women range from more than 95 percent in the Air Force to only 20 percent in the Marine Corps. In the Army and Navy women may be assigned to approximately 90 percent of the skills and more than half of the positions in those Components. For the total Department of Defense, almost 88 percent of the skills and more than 61 percent of the positions are open to women.
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