Pentagon Undeterred By Sex Scandals; Policy On Women Proceeds -- Washington Times
The Pentagon is pushing ahead with its campaign to move women closer to the battlefield, despite a series of sex scandals involving senior officers and a report showing an increase in sexual assaults among the troops.
At the dawn of the all-volunteer military force in 1973, women accounted for less than 3 percent of active-duty and reserve members. Today, 310,000 women make up about 15 percent of the force. In and around the Afghanistan War are nearly 17,000 women in uniform.
With the influx has come increasingly close contact between men and women — and a sharp rise in sexual misconduct. Militarywide, sexual assaults are up 22 percent since 2007, according to a Pentagon report.
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My Comment: With recent studies that are now showing that almost a quarter of U.S. female troops become victims of sex assaults in combat zones you would think that the Pentagon would maybe stop and reconsider .... but it appears that they are not. There are some who are hoping that the culture can change .... I wish them luck.