Plan for Integration of Female Leaders and Soldiers Based on the Elimination of the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule (DGCAR)   [open pdf - 541KB]

From the memorandum: "a. In 2011, the Army began assessing unnecessary barriers to service for women. In 2012, over 14,000 positions were opened with the elimination of the collocation restriction and the assignment of women to maneuver battalion headquarters in 9 Brigade Combat Teams (BCT) as an exception to the DGCAR. In 2013, the Army notified the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) of the intent to open approximately 6,000 additional positions in 17 Active Component (AC) BCTs, 9 National Guard (NG) BCTs, and Special Operations Aviation for assignment of women. b. In implementing these changes, the Army has filled these newly opened positions with Officer and Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) leaders to pave the way for junior Soldiers. The Army conducted surveys, assessments and interviews of leaders and Soldiers for use in planning the further expansion of opportunities to women. Our success to date has been based on a phased approach that ensures a cadre is in place before assigning junior Soldiers, as well as reinforcing our Army values of dignity and respect. During each phase of integration, we will continue to incorporate lessons learned and eliminate unnecessary barriers that may impede the success of all Soldiers."

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