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All women now in service have had the opportunity to do "regular" (as opposed to auxiliary or temporary) service, and all have entered after World War II. 2. These experiences (and others) are also shown superimposed on the model generational chart in figure 2. Since World War II, the number of active-duty personnel has depended on whether the country was at war. From under 1. 0 million by 1980, and began a slow increase under the Reagan administration. 1. S. Air Force bombs Libya. S. troops invade Grenada.
Congress supported women, too. Congressional hearings held that year by Rep. Otis Pike (D-N. " 6 During this period the services opened more fields to women and spoke more and more positively about their integration. For instance, Capt. Robin L. Quigley, assistant chief of naval personnel for women, emphasized women's new and integrated role by announcing (by memo) that "there is no such thing as 'THE WAVES' (and) ... " Chief of Naval Operations Elmo Zumwalt followed up with Z-Gram 116 announcing his intention to open all ratings to women, an "ultimate" goal of assigning women to ships at sea, and suspension of restrictions on women succeeding to command ashore.
In spite of these limitations, the cohort model is a way to organize and make meaningful the changes that have affected military women since they became a continuing part of the military in 1948. * GENERATIONAL CHARTS This analysis covers the period from 1948 to the end of 1986. Most men enter the enlisted ranks between the ages of nineteen and twenty. Because women tend to be slightly older and more varied in age, the age of their entrance will be assumed to be twenty. In the model, then, an individual's approximate age will always be her years of service plus twenty; thus, women with a full career would typically exit at age fifty with thirty years in uniform.
Arms and the Enlisted Woman by Judith Stiehm