Women's Roles in the Military

Retired Captain Lori Manning talked about the U.S. military opening about 14,000 support positions for female troops that previously had… read more

Retired Captain Lori Manning talked about the U.S. military opening about 14,000 support positions for female troops that previously had been withheld from them, and she responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. The change involves the military abolishing its 1948 collocation policy, which forbid women to serve in units whose primary mission called for ground combat. Captain Manning said that over the preceding decade women have increasingly been performing duties that violate the rule. Regarding women and men’s reactions to the change, she replied, “We have had real experience of men and women working together in combat...so that now we are basing our decisions on experiential data. Prior to this a lot of the determinations were made by what people thought would happen. They just... came up with reasons for not letting women do this or that that have proven not to be the case.” Other topics included the changing nature of warfare and the concept of the “front lines.” close

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White House, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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May 19, 2012

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