2. Treat women as adult persons. Nothing is as demeaning, or as easily detected, as
being treated like a child.
3. Treat women soldiers as soldiers. Expect of a female soldier what you expect of male
soldiers, in terms of productivity, responsibility, participation, and involvement. To
expect less of women is patronizing. To expect more is unfair.
4. Tell female soldiers when work is unsatisfactory and be specific about what
improvements are expected. Many men are afraid to tell female soldiers their work is
unacceptable for fear "they will cry." Like male soldiers, most female soldiers want to
please persons in authority. They deserve to be told how to improve performance.
5. Assign tasks on the basis of who can best perform the job, not on the basis of
traditional roles. Take an objective look at the skills required by a given task and match
those to the abilities of the individual on the staff, regardless of sex.
6. Make available to female soldiers the same development opportunities provided to
male soldiers. Appoint female soldiers to task forces and study groups. Give them
"acting" assignments in supervisory roles. Send them to career development training
schools. Include them in staff meeting. Appoint them to advisory boards, promotion and
selection panels. Assign them additional duties and details, and reassign or rotate to
positions that will broaden their experience. To be fully "qualified," female soldiers must
be trained--just like career development for male soldiers.
IMPROPER SEXUAL TREATMENT:
The Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff, in a joint January 1980 message,
reaffirmed the Army's full commitment to a policy that demands respect for the human dignity of both
military and civilian personnel. Each soldier and civilian, male and female, must be treated fairly and
evaluated solely on how well tasks are performed.