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Release No: 342-97
June 30, 1997


Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced today the nine additional members to the Task Force on gender integrated training. The Task Force, chaired by former Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, will provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense regarding current training programs and policies of the military services and related morale and discipline issues.

The committee will report directly to the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense and be responsible for : assessing current training programs and training policies of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines Corps; examining related morale and discipline issues; and providing such advice and make such recommendations as the Committee considers warranted or necessary to assure the readiness and effectiveness of the all-volunteer force.

The Task Force has six months to forward their findings to the Secretary. Members participating on the Task Force are comprised of private citizens and retired military officers with a broad cross-section of expertise in military and civil rights matters.

Panel members are:

Nancy Kassebaum Baker, chair, former U.S. Senator
Retired Lt. Gen. G. Robert Forman, USA, former chief of staff, Allied Forces Southern Europe
Retired Vice Adm. Richard Allen, USN, former commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Retired Maj. Gen. Marcelite Harris, USAF, former director of maintenance, Headquarters, USAF
Retired Maj. Gen. Don Gardner, USMC, former commander of III Marine Expeditionary Force, Japan
Condoleezza Rice, provost, Stanford University
Deval L. Patrick, partner, law firm of Day, Berry & Howard, Boston, and former Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
Carolyn Ellis Staton, associate provost of the University of Mississippi, and former Chair of Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS)
John Dancy, former broadcast journalist with NBC News
Marilyn Virginia Yarbrough, law professor, University of North Carolina.

“We have the world’s best military comprised of outstanding men and women,” Cohen said. “The difficult jobs our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines perform require rigorous training and firm discipline. I've asked this Task Force to thoroughly review how we train, how effective our training programs are, and what can we do to improve. They will either affirm we have taken the right approach to gender-integrated training issues or provide me with recommendations to make it better."


27 JUNE 1997


SUBJECT: Establishment of a Federal Advisory, Committee on Gender-Integrated Training and Related Issues in the Military Services.

I request that you establish a Federal Advisory, Committee to review gender-integrated training and related issues in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. The terms of reference for the Committee are attached. Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker has agreed to chair this Committee.

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  • As stated


(a) ESTABLISHMENT.- There is established a Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training and Related Issues in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

(b) COMPOSITION.- (1) The Committee is composed of up to eleven members, appointed by the Secretary of Defense, who shall be United States citizens appointed from private life and who shall have such knowledge and expertise as the Secretary may determine necessary.

(2) At least four members shall be retired military personnel.
(3) The Secretary of Defense shall designate one of the members to chair the Committee.
(c) DUTIES OF THE COMMITTEE.- (1) The Committee shall:

(A) Assess the current training programs and policies, with emphasis on initial entry training programs and policies, of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps necessary to assure the readiness and effectiveness of the all volunteer force and provide such advice and make such recommendations as the Committee considers warranted; and

(B) Examine related morale and discipline issues.
(2) In carrying out its duties, the Committee shall receive:

(A) The full and timely cooperation of all personnel of the Department, who shall provide the Committee with such data, analyses, briefings, and other information as is necessary for the fulfillment by the Committee of its responsibilities.

(B) Relevant departmental data concerning training, including material generated by the Department's task force reviewing whether the current policies and practices concerning good order and discipline are fair and effective, after it is established, and a review to be conducted by the General Counsel of the clarity of existing guidance on adultery under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

(d) REPORTS.- Not later than six months after the Committee holds its first meeting, it shall submit a final report to the Secretary of Defense. This report may include draft legislation and administrative rules, as appropriate and consistent with the Committee's recommendations.
(e) POWERS OF THE COMMITTEE.- (1) The Committee may hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence as the Committee considers advisable to carry out its responsibilities.
(2) In addition to the information referred to in subsection (c)(2), the Committee may seek on behalf of the Department to secure directly from any Federal department or agency such information as the Committee considers necessary to carry out its responsibilities.

(f) MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS.- (1) Appointment and Vacancies. Members of the Committee shall be appointed for the life of the Committee. A vacancy in the Committee shall not affect its powers, but shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. In accordance with the provisions of DoD Directive 5105.4, members shall serve without direct compensation. Travel and per them entitlements will be honored as prescribed in Chapter 57, title 5 U.S. Code.

(2) Initial Meeting. The Committee shall hold its first meeting as soon as is practicable after the date on which all members of the Committee have been appointed, consistent with applicable law.
(3) Administrative Support.-

(A) The Chair of the Committee may request the detail to the Committee of such personnel of the Department of Defense as the Committee needs to assist it in carrying out its duties.

(B) The Committee shall be famished such administrative and support services as may be requested by the Chair.
(4) The Committee shall comply with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. II.
(g) TERMINATION OF THE COMMITTEE.- The Committee shall terminate no later than 30 days after the date on which the Committee submits its final report under subsection (d).

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