March is Women’s History Month and well over 200,000 women serve on active duty in the U.S. military. The contributions of women to military history (and well beyond) cannot be ignored. While Women’s History Month isn’t a time to focus exclusively on the contributions of women in military service, the contributions of female veterans are certainly an important part of American history.
There are many observances which usually happen as base-level events and as community-wide observations. Overall, the U.S. military makes a serious effort to raise the awareness level of this important occasion by paying respect to women who have made history whether serving in the military or not.
How The Military Observes Women’s History Month
In some ways, the military goes out of its way in March to recognize the contributions of women; in other cases, every month is Women’s History Month as we’ll learn below.
The U.S. government leads the way in honoring Women’s History Month thanks to the official site, WomensHistoryMonth.gov. Various branches of the United States Military make the observations their own ways, but in general, you’ll find organizations such as the National Museum of the Air Force featuring the roles of women in uniform, as military volunteers, activists, pilots, researchers, and many other critical areas.
Other sites, including the Air Force official site (AF.mil), list the accomplishments of current and former women in uniform, such as the contributions of “Major Jennifer” an otherwise-anonymous-for-security-reasons member of a history women only flying mission called Dudette 07. This was “the first F-15E Air Force combat mission comprised entirely of female aircrew members” according to the U.S. Air Force. Recognition and observances like these are common in military communities.
The U.S. Army has excellent examples of how that branch of the service honors the contributions of women; the Army official site has videos, news, and resources about and for women in the military and beyond. The Army also maintains The United States Army Women’s Museum in Fort Lee, VA. According to the museum’s web page, it is “the only museum in the world dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the contributions of women to the Army”.
The Navy and Marine Corps also have plenty of activities in March and beyond. The United States Navy designates a theme for each year’s Women’s History Month, and in 2018 U.S. Navy commands were instructed to organize around the theme “Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination.” Navy/Marine Corps history owes a great deal to the contributions of women; according to the Navy official site, women have served in one capacity or another since the 1800’s.