An Investigation of Combat Knowledge and Attitudes of Women in the United States Air Force
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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This research project was a broad examination of recent literature and research studies on the military role of women in the United States. The primary focus was the level of training and education of women for combat as well as the attitudes of women in the United States Air Force regarding their wartime role. The historical background of women in the USAF was reviewed. The military role of women in 29 countries was presented for comparison to the United States. Previous research on the attitudes, knowledge, and abilities of women in the USAF and the associated implications for military effectiveness were discussed. Two recommendations were made. The first suggestion is that a study of USAF womens attitudes is necessary. Secondly, a consistent policy for the military role of women is needed. Women have been slowly integrated into nearly all USAF specialties. The social and biological arguments which have been debated for decades have proven to be inconsequential thus, women have been integrated into combat units of other countries. The level of integration of women in the USAF has been so extensive, the impact on readiness and military effectiveness are often debated but no conclusion evidence is available to determine the actual effect women have had in these areas. Theses.
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