Army photo by Spc. Courtney Marulli, 2nd BCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs
After a two-year review of the issue, gender-based combat job restrictions will be eliminated.
“Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best people America has to offer. This includes women,” said Defense Secretary Ash Carter in a press conference on Dec. 3.
As the decision arrives, a major culture clash is at play because while the Army plans to open combat infantry jobs to women, the Marine Corps looks for a policy exemption to designate certain jobs for men only.
This mandate rejects arguments from the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, and the Marine commandant, Gen. Robert Neller, that the Marine Corps should be able to preclude women from holding certain combat jobs, citing a study claiming that all-male units are more operationally capable.
Despite the decision to fully integrate the services, Carter confirmed that “mission effectiveness is most important.”
Therefore, while all servicewomen now have access to combat jobs, standards set for operational requirements will remain unchanged.
Because of these measures, women will still face challenges in qualifying for certain positions — namely the rigorous combat standards designed to favor the strongest service members.
Still, Carter stressed the importance of integration and diversity in the military, adding that the most effective force will come from the recognition of skills free from gender.
All armed services will be required to implement this mandate in April 2016.
“Now, more than ever, we cannot afford to have barriers limiting our access to talent,” Carter said.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $13,000 over a three-month period for a senior official's biweekly commute to Washington from his home in California, according to expense reports obtained by ProPublica.
Staff Sgt. John Eller conducts pre-flights check on his C-17 Globemaster III Jan. 3 prior to taking off from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii for a local area training mission. Sgt. Eller is a loadmaster from the 535th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo)
CUCUTA, Colombia — The Trump administration ratcheted up pressure Saturday on beleaguered Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, dispatching U.S. military planes filled with humanitarian aid to this city on the Venezuelan border.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan speaks at the annual Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Andreas Gebert
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday he had not yet determined whether a border wall with Mexico was a military necessity or how much Pentagon money would be used.
President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval.
A pair of U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat aircraft from Fighter Squadron VF-211 Fighting Checkmates in flight over Iraq in 2003/Department of Defense
Since the sequel to the 1986 action flick (and wildly successful Navy recruitment tool) Top Gun, was announced, there's been a lot of speculation on what Top Gun: Maverick will be about when it premieres in June 2020. While the plot is still relatively unclear, we know Tom Cruise will reprise his role as Naval aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell, and he'll be joined by a recognizable costar: The iconic F-14 Tomcat.
It looks like the old war plane will be coming out of retirement for more than just a cameo. A number of recently surfaced photos show an F-14 Tomcat aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, alongside Cruise and members of the film's production crew, the Drive's Tyler Rogoway first reported earlier this week.