Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

Defense Department Advisory Committee On Women In The Services

Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

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The Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) was established in 1951 by then Secretary of Defense, George C. Marshall. The Committee is composed of civilian women and men who are appointed by the Secretary of Defense to provide advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of women in the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, beginning in 2002, the Committee began providing advice and recommendations on family issues related to recruitment and retention. Historically, DACOWITS' recommendations have been instrumental in effecting changes to laws and policies pertaining to military women.

Significant recommendations

  • that the policy of establishing a system of appointment and promotion credit list allowances for advanced graduate degrees, professional education beyond the professional training requirement, or beyond the four-year college program, as well as any related experience in determining the rank and promotion dates (Professional Education Date) of directly commissioned officers in any of the Medical or Health components of the Services. It is further recommended that all Services seek to develop and adopt this policy as a valuable adjunct to recruitment and retention of qualified health professionals. Fall 1968
  • that legislation be established to the effect that a married military woman, regardless of grade, can establish a joint domicile......
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