With an implementation plan was submitted to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for review, the Air Force plans to fully integrate women into previously closed career fields by 2016.
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Air Force to Integrate Women in Combat Jobs by 2016

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With an implementation plan was submitted to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for review, the Air Force plans to fully integrate women into previously closed career fields by 2016.

More than 99 percent of Air Force positions are already open to female Airmen. In fact, 2013 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Department of Defense allowing women to serve as combat pilots.

The Air Force plans to open the remaining seven career fields -- all tied to special operations -- by Jan. 1, 2016.

The Air Force has been actively integrating women into nontraditional skills since 1972. Today, less than one percent of all positions - Active, Guard, and Reserve - are closed to women: approximately 4,700 positions in a total force of 506,000 people.

The current Air Force specialty codes that do not allow females to enter due to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule include: combat rescue officer; special tactics officer; special operations weather officer; enlisted combat controller; enlisted tactical air command and control party; enlisted pararescue and enlisted special operations weather.

Once occupational fitness standards are validated for the seven skills currently closed to women, the Air Force will notify Congress of its intent to open these skills to women and begin recruiting into these skills.

Recruiting is expected to begin Oct. 2015.



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