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.