Retaining Female US Air Force Officers
According to Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, the US Air Force recognizes the need for diversity and has been working toward recruiting and retaining more underrepresented people, including women. RAND Project Air Force has done research to better understand why women tend to leave active duty at higher rates than men. Unsurprisingly, the factors that play a part in lower retention rates for female officers are similar to challenges faced by civilian women in the workplace. Female officers discussed children, the desire to have a family, lack of accomodation for pumping breast milk, maternity/paternity/adoption leave policies, and sexual harassment and assault as major deciding factors influencing the decision to remain or leave service.