DACOWITS History of Recommendations - Spring Conference 1976


1. Repeal of 10 U. S. C 6015 and 8549
DACOWITS recommends that the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) direct the Department of the Navy to-initiate legislation to revise or repeal 10 U. S. C. 6015, so as to provide women of the Navy and Marine Corps access and assignment to vessels and aircraft under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy; and that OSD direct the Department of the Air Force to initiate an amendment or repeal of 10 U. S. C. 8549, so as to permit assignment of women to aircraft *(Utilization).

2. Rape prevention programs
DACOWITS recommends that OSD review the Services' rape prevention program, to include policies and procedures related to the treatment of rape complaints and victims, and provide a report of the results of the review to DACOWITS.

3. Women Staffing at their Respective Academies
DACOWITS recommends that the Army, Navy and Air Force assign a woman officer in the grade of 0-5 or 0-6 to the superintendent's/commandant's staff of their respective academies. (Utilization)

4. Individual Self-defense Training
DACOWITS recommends that the Military Departments institute individual self-defense Training within existing course lengths for all entering members of the Services, and that DACOWITS be furnished a report on the extent of such training at its FALL 1976 Conference. (Utilization)

5. Passage of the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act (DOPMA)
DACOWITS recommends that the Department of Defense (DoD) intensify its efforts for passage of HR 7486, the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act (DOPMA); further, if DOPMA has not passed by November 15, 1976, DACOWITS recommends that DoD initiate and press for separate legislation to rectify legal inequalities existing for women in the military. (Utilization)

6. Reserve Participation
DACOWITS recommends that accountability for Reserve participation and appropriate administrative action be applied equally to all members of the Reserve and Guard without regard to sex.

7. Reserve Forces Policy Board
DACOWITS recommends that a woman Reserve Officer be appointed to the Reserve Forces Policy Board and that the traditional requirement for each member to be of flag rank be waived for the woman member.

8. Women Appointments to the Board of Visitors of each Service Academy
DACOWITS recommends that the Military Departments insure the appointment of at least one woman to the Board of Visitors of each Service Academy.

9. Women in Recruiting Brochures
DACOWITS recommends that, as new recruiting brochures are updated, special attention be paid to featuring women in this material, especially with respect to the medical services, i. e., physicians, dentists, veterinarians and medical specialists.

10. DACOWITS Secretariat
DACOWITS recommends that the Secretary of Defense place the DACOWITS Secretariat under the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Equal Opportunity) and that the imminent vacancy of the Executive Secretary position be filled immediately.

11. Contributions of Women
DACOWITS recommends that the Secretary of Defense consider directing a consolidated pictorial and historical chronology of the contributions of women in the Services to be prepared and published.

12. NATO Conference
DACOWITS recommends that DoD sponsor and fund attendance from each Military Service to the NATO Conference of Senior Service Women Officers of the Alliance held every two years. Representatives from both the line and medical components of each Service should be directed to attend. Additionally, Dod should sponsor and fund the military woman member to the annual NATO Planning Committee meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Those attending the Conference or Committee meetings should be given the opportunity to present a briefing to their respective Service and/or DoD officials.

13. DACOWITS 25th Anniversary
DACOWITS recommends that the DoD work with the Committee for DACOWITS 25th Anniversary to insure that a public information campaign, including press, TV and Radio, is initiated so as to insure an effective celebration and recognition of the silver anniversary of DACOWITS at its FALL Conference, November 14-18, 1976.

Chair: Ms. Judith N. Turnbull