Sci-Fi Girl, on 27 January 2013 - 11:57 PM, said:
Stark said that some men in the Army will accept the decisions; others will be more resistant. "But I think it's only a matter of time before women just prove them wrong," she said.
Stark also said she had no doubt about women being able to succeed in combat arms, although she doesn't expect them to be lining up. "I think there will be some that want that opportunity, and many that don't. There's many males that don't sign up for combat arms."
That last part made me realize how ignorant I am of how the army works. I'm curious, how much choice do soldiers get as far as where they are sent, and what type of jobs they are given?
Not a whole lot. If you are assigned as an individual, as in the Air Force, you get individual assignments, but only to bases where your specialty has a unit, large or small, but if you are assigned as a unit, as in the Army and the Marine Corps, you go where your unit is sent.
As for jobs, I don't know the current situation, but I was given a guaranteed job when I signed up, and I got to choose from a list of jobs available to me for my excellent test scores, a list much longer than it would have been if many jobs hadn't just been opened to women. Avionics was newly opened, and that's what I chose.
From the article:
One way to measure the effect the combat ban has had on the careers of women in the Army: Women make up 14 percent of the Army, but only 7 percent of the generals.
I'll have to check my information, but I'm pretty sure most of the first female generals and admirals were nurses, and that the path had been opened for them in, I think, the late 60s, all or most other paths remaining closed. Checking just now, I found this at the WIMSA website. Some of the other information is outdated, but I think this is up to date:
Who was the first woman General Officer?
Anna Mae Hays, Chief of the Army Nurse Corps, became a brigadier general on June 11, 1970. Minutes later, Elizabeth P. Hoisington, Director of the Women’s Army Corps, received her shoulder stars. In 1971, the Air Force promoted the director of Air Force women, Jeanne M. Holm, to brigadier general. A few months later, Ann E. Hoefly, the Chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps, became the fourth woman general. In 1972, Alene B. Duerk, Chief of the Navy Nurse Corps, received a spot promotion to become the first female rear admiral (lower half), the Navy’s equivalent to brigadier general. The Navy promoted a female line officer, Fran McKee, to flag rank in 1976. RADM McKee thus became the first Navy woman who was not a nurse to achieve star rank. Two years later in 1978, the Marine Corps promoted its Director of Information and former Director of Women Marines, Margaret Brewer, to brigadier general. Director of Information and Technology, Chief Information Officer Vivien Crae was promoted to rear admiral by the Coast Guard in 2000.
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