Professor of Gender and War. University of Sydney

Navy Claims it Wants Gender Neutral Standards…but what does that mean?

SUMMARY: Ray Mabus, Navy Secretary, stated in an address in 2013 that ‘I personally believe we ought to have one standard for both sexes.’ A major concern about integrating women into the Navy is whether qualification standards will need to be amended for women. The navy is studying current standards to determine their relevance to occupational specifications. Mabus recently stated, ‘First we’re going to make sure there are standards, second that they’re gender neutral and third that they have something to do with the job.’

SOURCE: Meghann Myers, May 27 2015, ‘ SECNAV: SEALs should open to women under fair standards,’ Navy Times,      

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