US Air Force testing gender-neutral standards

SUMMARY: The Air Force began placing women in combat aircraft in 1993. The Air Force currently has more than 99 per cent of positions open to women. Only Special Tactics, Combat Control, Special Operations Weahth, Combat Rescue, Pararescue and Tactical Air Control positions are left to be opened to women. These six positions will open 4,350 jobs across the total force of 600,000 airmen. Dr Neal Baumgartner is heading the three-part study to develop new standards for testing eligibility for these positions. The study examines the current standards at joint base San Antonio-Lackland to determine the gender-neutral standards according to occupational relevance. Once the study is completed, Dr. Baumgartner will submit the results to the Air Force at the end of July.

SOURCE: Bailey McGowan, May 23 2015, ‘Air Force testing gender-neutral standards in San Antonio, Air Force Times, http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/2015/05/23/air-force-testing-gender-neutral-standards-in-san-antonio/27848207/

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