Considerations for Integrating Women into Closed Occupations in the U.S. Special Operations Forces

Authored by: Thomas S. Szayna et al

Categories: Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Security Sector Reform (SSR)
Country: United States
Region: North America
Year: 2015
Citation: Szayna, Thomas S., Eric V. Larson, Angela O'Mahony, Sean Robson, Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Miriam Matthews, J Michael Polich, Lynsay Ayer, Derek Eaton, William Marcellino, Lisa Kraus, Marek N. Posard, James Syme, Zev Winkelman, Cameron Wright, Megan Zander Cotugno, and William Welser IV, Considerations for Integrating Women into Closed Occupations in U.S. Special Operations Forces. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2016. Also available in print form.

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The U.S. Special Operations Command, the study sponsor, received this report in June 2015. On December 3, 2015, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter ordered the military services to open all combat jobs to women, with no exceptions. The Secretary of Defense also approved a number of studies, including this study, on the topic of women in ground combat to be publicly released. This report has been edited but otherwise not updated substantively since the final version was delivered to the sponsor in June 2015.