Women in Combat
Are you a woman who wants to serve in a combat arms unit?
The ACLU has long fought for the rights of women service members. For decades, the ACLU has worked to end the combat exclusion policies that prevent women from serving alongside their fellow servicemen, fought to obtain justice for victims of military sexual assault, advocated for coverage of abortion care, and shone a light on the inferior care received by female veterans.
In December 2012, the ACLU sued the Department of Defense, challenging the combat exclusion policy. Three years later, in December 2015, the Department of Defense ordered women’s integration into all jobs and specialties “with no exceptions.” But despite that directive, some “exceptions” still remain. And for that reason, our lawsuit is still pending.
We’d like to hear from you if you:
- Want to serve in a combat arms unit of the Army, Marines, or National Guard but are being prevented from doing so;
- Are currently serving and have been prevented from completing officer training;
- Are currently serving and have been denied properly-fitting body armor or other gear;
- Have enlisted in the Marines and don’t want to attend segregated basic training; or
- Know a woman who has experienced one or more of the obstacles identified above.
Thanks for telling your story.