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Military and Veteran Support

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2019 Annual Report

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services—known as DACOWITS—delivers to the U.S. Department of Defense advice and recommendations on policies related to the recruitment, retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of the highly qualified professional women in the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2018 Insight collected and analyzed data from focus groups with hundreds of military service members, conducted several literature reviews, and compiled findings from a wide array of data sources to inform eight topic areas.

Authored by Insight’s military and veteran support team, the DACOWITS’s 2019 Annual Report presents key research findings and 16 recommendations to advise the Secretary of Defense on the following topics: conscious and unconscious gender bias, improving female retention, variance in women’s retention at senior levels with emphasis on race/ethnicity, physical fitness tests, women in ships, Marine Corps recruit training, childcare resources, domestic abuse affecting servicewomen, breastfeeding and lactation support, pregnancy policies, women’s reintegration, and maternity uniforms.

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Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2019 Focus Group Report

This summary report outlines the findings from focus groups conducted for the 2019 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). DACOWITS collected qualitative and quantitative data during visits to eight military installations representing all four U.S. Department of Defense Service branches (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force). During the focus groups held at these sites, the Committee addressed three topics: conscious and unconscious gender bias, pregnancy and parenthood, and physical fitness assessments.

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Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2018 Annual Report

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services—known as DACOWITS—delivers to the U.S. Department of Defense advice and recommendations on policies related to the recruitment, retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of the highly qualified professional women in the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2018 Insight collected and analyzed data from focus groups with hundreds of military service members, conducted several literature reviews, and compiled findings from a wide array of data sources to inform 15 topic areas.

Authored by Insight’s military and veteran support team, the DACOWITS’s 2018 Annual Report presents key research findings and nine recommendations to advise the Secretary of Defense on the following topics: marketing strategies, gender integration, Marine Corps recruit training, personal protective equipment, healthy unit climate, parental leave policies, performance evaluations, and transition assistance.

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Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2018 Focus Group Report

This summary report outlines the findings from focus groups conducted for the 2018 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). DACOWITS collected qualitative and quantitative data during visits to nine military installations representing all four U.S. Department of Defense Service branches (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy) and the Coast Guard. During the focus groups held at these sites, the Committee addressed four topics: marketing, instructors, career and family planning, and unit climate and culture.

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Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2017 Annual Report

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services—known as DACOWITS—delivers to the U.S. Department of Defense advice and recommendations on policies related to the recruitment, retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of the highly qualified professional women in the U.S. Armed Forces. In 2017 Insight collected and analyzed data from focus groups with hundreds of military Service members, conducted several literature reviews, and compiled findings from a wide array of data sources to inform 13 topic areas.

Authored by Insight’s military and veteran support team, the DACOWITS’s 2017 Annual Report presents key research finding and 17 recommendations to advise the Secretary of Defense on the following topics: accessions and marketing, dual-military co-location policy, midcareer retention, propensity to serve, recruiting strategies, gender integration, gender-integrated boxing programs at the military service academies, job opportunities and assignments to facilitate promotion, physiological gender differences, childcare resources, family care plans, impact of social media/online harassment, and parental leave policies.

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Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services 2017 Focus Group Report

This summary report outlines the findings from focus groups conducted for the 2017 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). DACOWITS collected qualitative and quantitative data during visits to five military installations representing all four U.S. Department of Defense Service branches (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy) and the Coast Guard. During the focus groups held at these sites, the Committee addressed the following five topics: propensity to serve, midcareer retention, parental Leave, childcare including family care plans, and gender integration. DACOWITS also conducted a case study that included focus groups at Fort Hood with participants from units integrating the first women into the newly opened combat arms specialties of infantry and armor.

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Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) 2016 Focus Report

This summary outlines the findings from the 2016 Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) focus groups. DACOWITS collected qualitative data during visits to 14 installations—representing all four DoD Service branches (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy) and the Coast Guard—from April to May 2016. During the focus groups held at these sites, the Committee addressed four topics:

  1. Gender integration
  2. Strategic communication
  3. Mentorship
  4. Mentorship

Chapters 2–6 list the questions asked for each topic and summarize the responses for each topic.

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Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) 2015 Report

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. Individual members of the Committee are appointed by the SECDEF and serve in a voluntary capacity for one- to four-year terms.

It has been the Committee’s approach since 2010 to divide its work into two areas of focus: Assignments and Wellness. The Committee selected topics for study under each area of focus, and gathered both primary and secondary sources of information: briefings and written respons- es from DoD, Service-level military representatives, and subject matter experts (SMEs); data collected from focus groups and interactions with Service members during installation visits; and literature reviews. These sources of information, along with information DACOWITS gained through studying some of these topics in previous years, formed the basis—or reasoning—for the Committee’s recommendations.

The Committee voted on recommendations during its September 2015 business meeting and approved this annual report at its December 2015 business meeting.

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Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) 2015 Executive Summary

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. Individual members of the Committee are appointed by the SECDEF and serve in a voluntary capacity for one- to four-year terms.

It has been the Committee’s approach since 2010 to divide its work into two areas of focus: Assignments and Wellness. The Committee selected topics for study under each area of focus, and gathered both primary and secondary sources of information: briefings and written respons- es from DoD, Service-level military representatives, and subject matter experts (SMEs); data collected from focus groups and interactions with Service members during installation visits; and literature reviews. These sources of information, along with information DACOWITS gained through studying some of these topics in previous years, formed the basis—or reasoning—for the Committee’s recommendations.

The Committee voted on recommendations during its September 2015 business meeting and approved this annual report at its December 2015 business meeting.

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