Talk:Women in the Air Force

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To Do List[edit]

  • Pay rates: how much lower than men's? At what point in the Vietnam Era was parity achieved in pay for rank? Did women volunteer in greater numbers when pay parity was reached?
  • Volunteering vs. Selective Service: Why did women volunteer for WAF? What kind of woman volunteered? What kind of recruitment efforts were aimed specifically at women?
  • Marriage and motherhood: What happened to a WAF if she became pregnant? What happened if she got married? Was a married woman or a woman with prior children allowed to enlist? (WACs didn't until 1971.) Was there a difference between officers and enlisted in this regard?
  • Sex: What kinds of rules were in place to regulate women's sexual activity? In what ways did WAFs get around the regulations?
  • Homosexuality: Were there regulations that addressed lesbianism? Were there any WAFs who were 'out'? Were there any women asked to leave due to suspected lesbianism?
  • Race: Were there additional limitations placed on African-American recruits? If so, when was equality reached? What about non-white women of other races? Did fighting the male-dominated practices of the USAF give the WAFs an attitude of sisterhood beyond race? Or was there still friction between the races?
  • Chain of Command: Since the WAFs were a program within the USAF, was there confusion regarding a woman's chain of command? Was she ever split between contradictory orders from the WAF heirarchy and her male boss in the USAF?
  • Numbers serving: How many WAFs through the years? What percentage of total USAF strength through the years? How many WAFs in and around Korean war? In and around Vietnam war? (I heard 600 in 'Nam but have no reference.)
  • Uniform timeline: When did slacks become a part of the uniform? Coveralls? What were the various evolutions in the uniform? What kinds of hats? How many different shoes? Were there regulation purses? What rules regarding jewelry? Hair style? What kind of restrictions did WAFs face while in uniform (such as not entering a bar or chewing gum or smoking)?

Binksternet 18:31, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

Closing chapter[edit]

The Air Force Academy does not train pilots, female or otherwise. (talk) 15:05, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Fixed. Binksternet (talk) 15:37, 20 April 2009 (UTC)