Female Citizen Soldiers and Airmen

Key Contributors to Worldwide Peace and Security

Authored by: General Frank J. Grass

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Security Sector Reform (SSR)
Country: United States
Region: North America
Year: 2016
Citation: Grass, Frank, “Female Citizen Soldiers and Airmen,” Prism 6, no. 1 (2016): 47-57

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Executive Summary

Women’s entrance into the National Guard in 1950 was a historic moment in America’s military history. From that moment on, women have been instrumental in building the National Guard into what it is today: a ready, accessible, and capable force that is an invaluable combat reserve for the active Army and Air Force. Women in the National Guard are essential to defending the nation, supporting our communities, and building partnership capacity. They exemplify our government’s commitment to integrating women into defense, development, and diplomatic efforts.