Women in the military
Women have been serving their nation for hundreds of years- there have been many achievements made by women in the military, and their ability to integrate into military culture is still growing with the Department of Defense opening all combat jobs to women in 2016.
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army nurse corp. established
Navy nurse corp. established
World War I
Woman served as nurses and support staff.
Women's Armed Service Integration
Woman are permitted to serve as permanent members of the military
U.S. Army COlonel Ruby Bradley
WORLD WAR ii
Over 400,000 women served in non-combat
roles, including mechanics, pilots, clerks,
U.S. Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Carmen (Contreras) Bozak
American Red Cross,
World War II
Army Nurse Corp,
World War I
WOMEN'S ARMY CORP (WAC),
World War II
Rosy THe Riveter
Training Women for War Production
The NYA trains girls to sew, to make military and civil defense posters and signs, to prepare food, and to assist in hospital work (feeding and massaging patients, sterilizing instruments, making x-ray pictures, etc.). Women learn to operate machine tools (drill presses, lathes, etc) in an airplane plant, to weld sheet metal, to solder and drill radio parts, and to inspect finished work. Eleanor Roosevelt introduces and narrates the film.
Approx 50,000 women served in the military, many as Army nurses in forward deployed M.A.S.H units and aboard ships
Approx 11,000 military women are deployed to Vietnam, 90% of whom served as nurses.
Approx 41,000 servicewomen deploy to the Middle East
Ret. U.S. Army Gen Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody
Female Fighter pilots
.Females fly combat missions for the first time during a four day Iraqi bombing mission
Leitenant General Nadja West
The role of women in the military grew significantly post 9/11. By the end of the War in Afghanistan over 203,000 females served in the military, or 14.5% of active duty military personnel.
USAF Service Dress uniform
Late 20th Century
1975-1984 Army enlisted mint green summer uniform
First Lioness Teams
Three female soldiers are taken prisoner of war during the invasion of Iraq. The first Lioness teams, the precursors to Female Engagement Teams, form and deploy to Iraq.
Female officer dress white
CA Army National Guard
Maj. Gen. Laura L. Yeager
The role of women on the battlefield expands with the establishment of the U.S. Military's Female Engagement Team, which are tasked with building relationships with Afghan Women.
First females become Army Rangers
Griest and Haver become the first females to complete Ranger School, alongside 94 male peers.