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ERIC Number: ED485879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 96
Abstractor: ERIC
Report of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies
US Department of Defense
In creating this report the Task Force gathered information by conducting site visits; communicating with numerous individuals, including victims; reviewing the Department of Defense survey data; reviewing Academy and Service policies, reports, and data; consulting with subject matter experts; and communicating with related committees and task forces. The existence of sexual harassment and assault is an inherent contradiction to the spirit of the Academies that strives to and succeeds in creating strong commitments to honor and service. The Task Force found that because female service members are a minority, are excluded from some of the highly regarded combat specialties, and are held to different physical fitness standards, some in the Academy communities do not value women as highly as men. The following recommendations are made: (1) Increase the number and visibility of female officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) in key positions to serve as role models for both male and female cadets and midshipmen; (2) Increase the percentage of women cadets and midshipmen at the Academies within current service operational constraints; and (3) Ensure consistent opportunities for women to be involved in leadership and Academy decision making, e.g. academic boards and admission boards. The Task Force concludes the leadership, staff, faculty, cadets and midshipmen must model behaviors that reflect and positively convey the value of women in the military. In addition it is recommended that the Academies use modern survey and management tools on a permanent basis to provide information to oversight bodies. (Contains 8 appendices.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Defense, Washington, DC.
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