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The Minnesota National Guard Celebrates Women's History Month

The Minnesota National Guard honors its women in uniform as part of Women's History Month Women in the Minnesota National Guard have contributed greatly to the success of missions over the years From the beginning of women's entry into the military, through the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in 1941, to the full integration of women into the National Guard, women have continually met and exceeded standards and helped shape the mold of modern-day Minnesota National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Many women worked through stereotypes in everything from training to uniforms to operations, and paved the way for the current role of women in the Guard

Through the years, women continually made the same sacrifices that men made They made these sacrifices not only with aspirations of earning an equal status with men, but more importantly, with the goal of completing all missions with a standard of excellence Today, women's roles are still being reviewed and expanded Changes are continuing to occur for women in the military and they will continue to make huge strides towards equality on the home front and in combat

In total, more than 25 million women have served in defense of our nation since its beginning over 230 years ago Presently, women continue to be a vital component in the military With 1,971 in the Minnesota National Guard, women account for 172% of the Minnesota Air Guard and 151% of the Minnesota Army Guard The Minnesota National Guard recognizes Women's History Month in recognition for the more than 405,600 Active Duty, Guard and Reserve women who serve today around the globe--professional, capable women leaders--who are making a difference for themselves, their communities, the nation and the world

Women in Combat Units

The Department of Defense announced several policy changes in 2013 regarding women who serve in the military, including rescinding the Ground Combat Exclusion Rule which prevented women from being assigned to combat units below the brigade level The Minnesota National Guard's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team volunteered to be one of the test brigades to incorporate women into positions within units at the headquarters level of combat arms battalions that were previously unavailable to them

This process does not involve opening prohibited specialties up to women, but rather enabling women to serve in jobs that are already available to both genders in units that once did not allow females This effort is part of a larger, phased implementation plan to remove gender-based barriers to service in all of the armed forces

At the direction of the National Guard Bureau, mid-grade females in the officer and enlisted ranks were considered first to begin the transition Prior to implementation, the Minnesota National Guard asked for volunteers to consider either moving into positions that were already vacant or exchanging positions where the move benefited Soldiers of each gender Future vacancies will be filled through the Enlisted Promotion System, allowing the best-qualified individual - male or female - to be considered for the position

The units involved in this process received specific training prior to personnel assignments taking place The training addressed equal opportunity, sexual harassment and sexual assault response and prevention to prepare for the transition

Nationally, formerly male-only specialties in combat engineering will be available for women in summer 2014; and field artillery, armor and infantry jobs are expected to be open to females in summer 2015 Full gender-neutral availability is anticipated by 2016

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Helpful Links

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)

Federally Employed Women

National Women's History Project

U.S. Department of Labor: Women's Bureau

U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Women in the Federal Government

Women's Military Service Memorial

Women's Leadership Training Forum, April 2005.pdf



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