"The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) (hereafter referred to as the 'Committee' or 'DACOWITS') was established in 1951 with a mandate to provide the Secretary of Defense (SecDef) with independent advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to servicewomen in the Armed Forces of the United States. The Committee is composed of no more than 20 members who are appointed by the SecDef and serve in a voluntary capacity for 1- to 4-year terms. Each December, the Committee selects study topics to examine during the following year. For 2017, DACOWITS studied 13 topics. The Committee gathered information from multiple sources in examining these topics; for example, briefings and written responses from Department of Defense (DoD), Service-level military representatives, and subject matter experts; data collected from focus groups and interactions with Service members during installation visits; and peer-reviewed literature. Based upon the data collected and analyzed, DACOWITS offers 17 recommendations, which follow."
U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services: http://dacowits.defense.gov/