Since the days of the American Revolutionary War, women have served a vital role in the U.S. fighting forces and they continue to be a significant source of strength for our nation. Today, women make up nearly 15% of our active duty Army and they serve in 93% of all Army occupations. In our fight against terrorism, women have maintained a crucial role in military operations and their sacrifices underscore their dedication and willingness to serve.
As women expand into different roles in our military ranks, it is clear that the heart of a Warrior is not limited to one gender. Increasing service opportunities for women have been accompanied by an increased need for health-related resources and support specifically tailored to meet the unique needs of our female service members. This Women’s Health Portal has been designed to help meet those needs by providing service members, leaders and family members with up-to-date information about a variety of women’s health topics to include: health and wellness, self-care, and health considerations for the deployed environment.
Carter Opens All Military Occupations to Women, Dec 2015 Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that beginning in January 2016, all military occupations and positions will be open to women, without exception. For the first time in U.S. military history, as long as they qualify and meet specific standards, the secretary said women will be able to contribute to the Defense Department mission with no barriers at all in their way.
STAND-TO! Women's History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives, March 4, 2015 The Army dedicates each March to highlighting individual and collective stories of female Soldiers. This year, the Army acknowledges the accomplishments and contributions of pioneering women from the past and recognizes their impact on the force of today.
Women experience a greater burden from some health conditions. Heart disease, cancer, and depression affect women differently and can have severe health outcomes. What Works: Improving Women’s Health fact sheet [PDF - 1.59 MB] features information on how heart disease, cancer and depression affect women and includes the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) findings that can be used to improve women’s health.
This enhanced website is a knowledge management system designed to help you identify, select, and implement credible, evidence-based strategies to promote healthy communities. The new site provides a dynamic, interactive, and individualized experience.
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