Air Force

June 20, 2013

Air Force sets plan to integrate women in combat jobs by 2016

Tags:
Staff Sgt. David Salanitri
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
WomenCombat_pict
(U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – The Air Force released details of the service’s plan to fully integrate women into previously closed career fields June 18.

The implementation plan was recently submitted to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for review.

More than 99 percent of Air Force positions are currently already open to female Airmen. In fact, 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Department of Defense allowing women to serve as combat pilots.

The Air Force plans to open the remaining seven career fields — all tied to special operations — by Jan. 1, 2016.

“The Air Force has been actively integrating women into nontraditional skills since 1972,” said Brig. Gen. Gina Grosso, the director of force management policy and deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services. “Today, less than one percent of all positions – Active, Guard, and Reserve – are closed to women. This equates to approximately 4,700 positions in a total force of 506,000 people.”

The current Air Force specialty codes that do not allow females to enter due to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule include: combat rescue officer; special tactics officer; special operations weather officer; enlisted combat controller; enlisted tactical air command and control party; enlisted pararescue and enlisted special operations weather.

According to the Air Force’s plan, the service will validate occupational fitness standards for every career field.

Once the standards are validated for the seven skills currently closed to women, the Air Force will notify Congress of its intent to open these skills to women and begin recruiting into these skills.

Grosso expects recruiting will begin Oct. 2015.

This implementation plan came as a result of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinding the 1994 Direct Ground Combat exclusion rule for women in January 2013. This rule restricted women from assignments in special operations and long range reconnaissance units.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
(U.S. Air Force Photo/Melinda Mueller)

Creation of the Coin Challenge

A challenge coin, also endearingly known as a round medal object, bears an organization’s insignia and is presented by commanders to a member of the unit to recognize special achievement. The Air Force challenge coin traditio...
 
 

AF implements career intermission pilot program

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Up to 40 active-duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officers and enlisted members who meet eligibility requirements will be offered between one and three years of partially-paid time out of uniform to focus on personal and professional pursuits under the Career Intermission Pilot Program, or CIPP, Air Force officials announced...
 
 

IT support automation efforts save Air Force money, time

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala — The Air Force Enterprise Service Desk is revolutionizing information technology service delivery. The recently launched self-service Information Assurance Officer Express tool has reduced a backlog of more than 130,000 trouble tickets to less than 200 and cut call wait times from more than an hour to less than two...
 

 

55th Electronic Combat Group

The 55th Electronic Combat Group provides combat-ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft, crews, maintenance and operational support to combatant commanders. The group also plans and executes information operations, including information warfare and electronic attack, in support of theater campaign plans.
 
 

AF focuses fourth round of VERA/VSIP on headquarters reductions

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – In an effort to lead its force management actions with voluntary programs, the Air Force announced a fourth round of civilian workforce shaping measures beginning July 21. This follows the recent Air Force announcement on headquarters organization and staffing reductions. Those changes are designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve efficiencies while also...
 
 

Tattoos: Good, bad, permanent

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  – Tattoos are becoming more commonplace in today’s society and therefore in the Air Force, which makes it important for Airmen to know what they are getting into before making a decision that will last a lifetime. Getting a tattoo can be a great way for someone to commemorate a moment in...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin