Americana: More Women at Arms?

Women have been part of the U.S.

Army since 1942, when the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was formed. No longer a mere auxiliary, the Women's Army Corps today numbers 46,000, and there are 170 women in training to become officers at West Point. Now the Army is studying the whole role of women in uniform and trying to decide whether to add more of them. A 133-page special study released by the Pentagon last week concluded that yes, as many as 6,000 more women could be added—an important point in light of projections that the all-volunteer army may have trouble filling its...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!