RAND’s National Defense Research Institute was asked to assess the
performance of each military service in integrating women into previously closed military occupations and military units and the effects
of this integration on defense readiness and morale. This study
resulted from an item of special interest in the House Report for the
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997. Our study is
a short analytical effort to evaluate the progress of these changes and
the effect of this integration on selected units.
This study was sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, and it was carried out in the Forces and
Resources Policy Center of RAND’s National Defense Research
Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, and
the defense agencies.