Together or Separate? Newspaper Coverage of Gender-Integrated Training, 1997-2000
DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT INST PATRICK AFB FL
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Women and men have served in the defense of this country since the wars of the 18th century, but the concept of gender-integrated or mixed training is relatively new to the American military forces. The purpose of this study was to examine newspaper coverage of the issue of gender-integrated training in the military. This paper presents a brief background of women in the military Services, evolving training policies including pros and cons of gender-integrated training, roles of the press, recommendations of panels that examined the integrated-training issue, and a review of news coverage. Then the issues and news items are analyzed and summarized, followed by conclusions and suggestions. Finally, a pilot survey was conducted among persons studying to be equal opportunity advisors at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. The students were administered a 15 item questionnaire dealing with issues raised by news media coverage of gender-integrated training. Men and women agreed that gender-integrated training should continue.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations