Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today the selection of the fiscal 2004 appointees to the Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS). The incoming members are Margaret M. Hoffman from McLean,Va., Mary Nelson, from Lafayette, Colo., and Ellen R. Sauerbrey, from Baldwin, Md.
The committee provides the Department of Defense, through the principal deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, with advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well being of highly qualified professional women in the armed forces.
In addition, the committee provides advice and recommendations on family issues related to the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified professional military. To accomplish this mission, the committee is composed of 13 civilian members, representing a distribution of demography, professional career fields, community service, and geography, and selected on the basis of their experience in the military, as a member of a military family, or with women's or family-related workforce issues.
DACOWITS members perform a variety of duties including visiting at least two military installations each year, conducting a review and evaluation of current research on military women and family issues and developing an annual report with recommendations on these issues to service leadership and the secretary of defense.
DACOWITS published and distributed the fiscal 2003 report in January 2004 and it can be found at the DACOWITS website: http://www.dtic.mil/dacowits .