Equipping and Training Modifications for Combat Arms Women

Authored by: Dr. Ellen Haring

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Security Sector Reform (SSR)
Country: United States
Region: North America
Year: 2017
Citation: Haring, Ellen. Equipping and Training Modifications for Combat Arms Women. Women in International Security, 2017.

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Executive Summary

In July 2016 at Fort Benning, Georgia, U.S. women for the first time began training to become Army infantry and armor officers. This first cohort of women has neither been issued women-specific equipment that is already in inventory, nor has the Army acquired equipment to accommodate smaller physical frames. In addition, while some equipment challenges can be addressed through modifications in training, others require equipment modifications and new procurement. To optimize women’s performance in this uncharted terrain, the Army must ensure they receive appropriate training and equipment and also collect, monitor, and evaluate data on the performance of all its soldiers