chapter  10
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Citizen-soldiers or republican mothers

The recent barrage of sexual harassment and assault charges within the United States military comes despite a concerted and apparently sincere effort by the Department of Defense to improve the treatment of women in their ranks. The campaign to recruit and retain more women has increased the percentage of female enlistees to 20 percent, and retention and promotion rates are rising steadily. Over 80 percent of job categories in the US military are now open to women as a result of changes in combat restrictions. Sensitivity training and sexual harassment courses have been incorporated into the regular training schedule throughout the military, and all branches, except the Marine Corps, currently employ a “gender-integrated” basic training program.1