Family Transitions

Women in the Military


Image of Female service provider hugging her child with quote on page - Both in uniform and through the civilian sector, American mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives have selflessly served to defend and protect the land of the free and home of the brave. Even in grim situations and under austere conditions, these women have persevered—standing tall and strong as defenders of freedom, liberty, and justice.

It’s our honor to support the brave women who serve in the armed forces through the curation of resources, development of blog posts, and production of webinars and podcasts celebrating women in the military.

On this page you’ll find content showing a more integrated military service that supports women service members throughout their military journeys.


Webinar Icon  WEBINARS

We’ve developed webinars to address different issues that women in the military face. Each is free to attend, archived, and offer continuing education credit and a certificate of completion.

Women in the Military: Special Contributions and Unique Challenges

This webinar discusses the contributions women have made to the military as well as some of the challenges they face.
Continuing Education (CE) credit  and a Certificate of Completion are available.

Warrior Wellness: Mental Health and Women in the U.S. Military

Women play a pivotal role in military operations, and their experiences and responses may differ from their male counterparts. This webinar looks at how mental health manifests differently for women, in particular women in the military.

Upcoming Webinars

    • Diversity of Women in the Military- August  2020
    • Transitioning out of the Military – TBD
    •  Military Sexual Trauma – TBD
    •  LGBTQ –  TBD
    • Dual Military Couples – TBD

More information  available soon!

Articles Icon BLOG POSTS

We’ve written blog posts to address different issues that women in the military face.

Podcast Icon  PODCASTS

Join us as we speak with experts on topics, provide strategies that you can apply to your work and discuss issues that are important to people.

Online Engagement Icon ONLINE ENGAGEMENT

On this page you’ll find engagement opportunities to have conversations with military service providers, and to support your growth and learning around the topic of women in the military.

External Resources Icon EXTERNAL RESOURCES

Women In the Military Resources– A PDF with all of the resources for the Women in the Military: Special Contributions and Unique Challenges webinar.

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) Annual Reports 2003 – 2020. Retrieved from https://dacowits.defense.gov/Reports-Meetings.

Southwell, K. H. & MacDermid Wadsworth, S. M. (2016). The many faces of military families: Unique features of the lives of female service members. Military medicine, 181(suppl_1), 7079.

 

Warrior Wellness Resources – A PDF with all of the resources for the Warrior Wellness: Mental Health and Women in the U.S. Military webinar  (second in the Women in the Military Series)

Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy. (n.d.). 2018 Demographics profile of the military community.

Taylor, S. (2018). Knowledge of Mental Health Disorders and Resources by Military Personnel.

 

American women have served in the military since the Revolutionary War, and approximately 2.5 million women serve in the U.S. Armed Forces today.

 

The MFLN Family Transitions Concentration Area provides education and resources for professionals working with military families to build resilience and navigate life cycle transitions. Additional professional development opportunities and resources are available from our MFLN Family Transitions page at militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/family-transitions