Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney

Special-Ops Survey on Women in Combat Backfires: Pengaton calls participants ‘uninformed’

Summary: The US Special Operations Command has conducted several surveys of 9000 members about their perceptions about women in combat, in an attempt to “to examine the socio-cultural barriers to integration, and potential solution(s) to overcome those barriers.” There are several stock-standard misunderstandings that proliferate the responses to the surveys, such as women in combat will be more likely to be sexually assaulted if captured. The pentagon has claimed many of the respondents, majority of whom were men serving in male-only units, as “uninformed.”

SOURCE: Anna Mulrine, April 7 2015, ‘ Pentagon faces hurdle to women in special ops: uninformed men,’ Christian Science Monitor,

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