Where Are All the U.S. Coast Guard’s Mid-Career Women Going?

April 13, 2018

April 12, 2018:  The U.S. Coast Guard has had great success with training women. The Coast Guard Academy is nearly 40 percent women, the highest of any military academy.

But after 10 and 12 years of service among our female officers there is a loss of nearly 50 percent per year. The Coast Guard commissioned a study to find out why that particular group is atrophying; especially when the service’s other retention rates are so high.

The Coast Guard isn’t the only one struggling with retention of mid-career women.

“There is concern across all of the branches at mid-career retention for women versus men. All of the services in varying career fields, at varying points but still within that mid-range of a 20 year career, they are experiencing challenges with women leaving at higher rates,” said Janet Wolfenbarger, chairwoman of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.

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