Women Warriors

She’s a Navy SEAL

If division-specific plans go through, women will have a chance to join the elite ranks formerly closed to them: those of the Navy SEALs, Marines, and Army Rangers. The New York Times reports that Tuesday, leaders from each division of the military are expected to unveil plans detailing how women will be integrated into the force. Eyes are especially trained on the elite forces, who must formulate integration plans without lowering their rigorous physical standards. The experience gained there is key to leadership advancement, and the lack of women in combat has naturally lead to a lack of female officials in the higher ranks. This planning comes on the heels of fierce debate about sexual assualt in the military—two issues which may be more closely linked than it appears. In January, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said as much. “We’ve had this ongoing issue with sexual harassment,” Dempsey said. “I believe it’s because we’ve had separate classes of military personnel, at some level.Now, you know, it’s far more complicated than that, but...I have to believe, the more we can treat people equally, the more likely they are to treat each other equally.”

Read it at The New York Times

June 18, 2013 12:01 PM