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Master of Science


The full integration of women in the military, particularly the United States Air Force, has been an ongoing effort. Based on the definition of "full integration" as allowing all qualified military personnel the opportunity to hold any position and accomplish any mission, given that they are in possession of the required capabilities and training, without restriction, certain issues have arisen during the course of the integration process. These issues include sex, as defined by gender and function, the capability of women to accomplish the same tasks as men, and the combat issue. To support and establish the full integration of women in the Air Force, qualifying standards must be met by females as well as males without lowering standards to fill desired quotas or political agendas. If this is undertaken, the capabilities and combat-readiness of females will not be an issue. Non-professional personal relations must be monitored and aggressive steps taken to prevent them when they interfere with mission accomplishment.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology