SUMMARY AND OVERVIEW: DISCONTINUE THE DACOWITS - Issues Research & Analysis
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January 28, 2002
The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services was established in 1951, when there were virtually no women, civilian or military, in leadership positions. Fifty years later, there is no need for a tax-funded civilian advisory committee to tell the Defense Department what to do regarding military women. The appointment of new members, or continuation of the DACOWITS in any form, would be tantamount to endorsement of the most problematic social engineering policies devised by civilians in the Clinton Administration. A decision to drop the DACOWITS would demonstrate that women in uniform have truly "arrived" as valued members of the national defense team. It would also benefit uniformed women, as well as men, who want to serve in a well-trained, effective military. . . Read More