Missing Perspectives: Women in the Military – From Service to Civilian Life (2022)

Women have served in America’s wars and conflicts throughout our history. The contributions made by the women in the military both in and out of service cannot be overstated. Women in the military have used their skills and experiences from their military service to make achievements in their careers and their communities. Information and data in this document are from various sources centered on service experience, transition, employment, entrepreneurship, and higher education.

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A Few Key Takeaways

Current Population of Women in the Military

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women active duty and select reserve members
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women veterans in the U.S.

Top 3 Motivations for Military Service

Educational benefits
62%
Opportunity to pursue new experiences, adventure, or travel
58%
Desire to serve country
53%

Experiences for IAVA Women Veteran Members

7 out of 10 would recommend military service to a family member or friend.

75% felt pride from their accomplishments during their military service.

Transition Experiences for IAVA Women Veteran Members

62% describe their overall transition from active duty to veteran status as difficult, while 38% described it as smooth.

Prepared to Navigate

Prepared

0 %
0 %
0 %
0 %

The transition to post-service employment

Access to post-service education

The resources available in your local community

The healthcare and benefits system

Unprepared

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Prepared to Navigate

Prepared

 

Unprepared

36%

The transition to post-service employment

52%

48%

Access to post-service education

36%

22%

The resources available in your local community (e.g., housing assistance, financial counseling, legal services)

62%

37%

The healthcare and benefits system (e.g., access to medical, physical, and mental health services)

51%

Transition Challenges

51% experience MANY challenges when transitioning out of the military.

Top 3 challenges:

Loss of identity / purpose
44%
Relating to non-veteran civilians / reintegrating with community
41%
Health concerns (mental or physical)
30%

Employment for Women Veterans

Unemployment in 2021

Median Earnings in 2019

The unemployment rate for women veterans was 4.2% {this is slightly LOWER than the total veteran unemployment rate which was at 4.4%}

$47,000 earnings for women veterans {HIGHER compared to the total population who earn about $42,600 YET LOWER compared to male veteran counterparts who earn about $61,100}

Top 5 Industries for Women Veterans in 2019

Educational, Health and Social Services
35%
Public Administration
15%
Professional, Scientific, Management, Administrative, and Waste Management Services
11%
Retail Trade
9%
Manufacturing
6%

Entrepreneurship for Women Veterans

0 %
indicate that entrepreneurship helped them find a purpose after military service
0 %
have difficulty navigating the resources in their local community
0 %
indicate that the capital they need is not readily available

Education for Women Veterans

In 2021, 83% of post-9/11 women veterans have some college degree or higher

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