On May 14, the Army will implement the new Defense Department policy that will make 14,000 combat roles available to women.
Six military occupational specialties (MOS) will be opened up, and that the Army will place 37 battalions across nine brigade combat teams. The new policy will open up an additional 3 percent of Army jobs to women, while 30 percent of Army jobs will remain restricted to men.
To date, almost 16 percent of the Army consists of women, who have served in more than 78 percent of the Army’s occupations.
Brig. Gen. Barrye Price, director of human resources policy at the Army G-1 (personnel), shared: “The last 11 years of warfare have really revealed to us there are no front lines… There are no rear echelons. Everybody was vulnerable to the influence of the enemy.”
The following MOS will be opened to women:
• Multiple Launch Rocket System crewmember, 13M.
• MLRS operations fire detection specialist, 13P.
• Field artillery fire finder radar operator specialist, 13R.
• M1 Abrams tank system maintainer, 91A.
• Bradley Fighting Vehicle system maintainer, 91M.
• Artillery mechanic, 91P.
The specialties that will be open to women at the battalion level are:
10 for officers:
• Adjutant general, 42B
• Chaplain, 56M
• Chemical, 74A
• Field artillery fire support officer or effects coordinator, 13A
• Logistics, 90A
• Field surgeon or medical platoon leader, 62B
• Military intelligence, 35D
• Medical operations, 70B
• Signal, 25A
• Physician assistant, 65D
6 for enlisted:
• Human resources sergeant and senior HR sergeant, 42A
• Chemical noncommissioned officer, 74D
• Supply sergeant and senior supply sergeant, 92Y
• Intelligence sergeant, 35F
• Health-care sergeant and health-care platoon sergeant, 68W
• Radio re-transmission supervisor and communications section chief, 25U
The US Navy has also made a similar announcement.