Gender & the Australian Army: Preparing for the Future & Military Capability

Report Paper Title

Teaming: An Introduction to Gender Studies, Unshackling Human Talent and Optimising Military Capability for the coming Era of Equality: 2020 to 2050.

Abstract

Gender has been a high-profile issue within the Army over the last five years. In response to Pathways to Change (PtC), Army has introduced significant changes in a short period.

However, there is now a chance for Army to catch its breath and reflect more deeply and strategically about how it approaches gender issues in the longer term.

Although there may understandably be a feeling of ‘issue-fatigue,’ there are five reasons the gender issue requires further attention now:

  1. Army capability depends upon strong and cohesive teams.
  2. Achieving genuinely equitable workplaces and a gender-aware lens on the operating environment requires greater engagement with gender theory.
  3. Masculinity studies have not been incorporated into Army’s approach to gender.
  4. Gender is not a static issue; over 2020 to 2050, it will continue to influence Army’s internal and external environment – in ways which are perhaps more significant than have been seen to date.
  5. Trends indicate a rise in female participation in violent extremism.

Read the full report: Teaming – An Introduction to Gender Studies… (Boulton, 2017).

Reference

Boulton, E.G. (2017) Teaming: An Introduction to Gender Studies, Unshackling Human Talent and Optimising Military Capability for the coming Era of Equality: 2020 to 2050. Canberra: Australian Army Research Centre.

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